Cardinals go for split today in St. Louis vs Cubs

It doesn't get any better than this.

It's the Chicago Cubs vs the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch stadium in a day game, (12:10 pm CDT first pitch), that will be carried on ESPN.

Now that's "Baseball Like It Ought To Be".

The Cardinals will send their staff ace and opening day starter Chris Carpenter to the mound to try get a win and get a split in the short two game series. (Who came up with this schedule?)

The Redbirds start the day leading the Reds by a half-game in the National League Central and are one game up on the Cubs.

The Cardinals lost the first game Wednesday night in a game when they ran into, perhaps the Cubs best starter, Carlos Zambrano.

Zambrano allowed only an Albert Pujols home run, yielding five hits in 8 2/3 innings, putting an end to a five game winning streak for the Redbirds.

The Cards had just came in after a perfect road trip, where they swept Milwaukee at Miller Park in three games over the weekend and took a brief two-game series against the Pirates at Pittsburgh by a combined score of 18-2

Chris Carpenter the right hander, is 2-1, with a 6.35 ERA, this season will be facing the Cubs Ryan Dempster who has a record of 1-2, with a 5.74 ERA, in what could be a pitchers duel, despite their inflated ERAs, at least for the first six innings. The Cardinals didn't face Dempster last season and they seem to have problems with pitchers that they are not familiar with.

Carpenter, Has won two of his three starts so far this season,coming off a 5-3 win at MIL, in which he allowed three runs on five hits in 6.2 IP.

Chris was roughed up in his last home start vs. Phillies on 4/10, when he went just 3.1 innings allowing eight runs in a 13-4 Cards loss. He won four of his five starts vs. the Cubs last season, his first career action vs. CHI, while posting a 4.24 ERA against the division rivals...split two decisions vs. the Cubs at Busch last season, winning 4-0 on 6/24 and losing 7-4 on 7/11.

Looking back, the Redbirds won the season series between the teams last season 11-8...after this two-game series, the teams will not meet again until July 22...the Cards trail the all-time series 1,044-1,015 since 1900, but have gone 32-22 vs. Chicago over the last three seasons, including last night's game.

COMING UP:

Fri., April 22 vs. ASTROS: Jason Marquis (2-0, 1.33) vs. Brandon Duckworth (0-0, 9.00) 7:10 p.m.*

Sat., April 23 vs. ASTROS: Mark Mulder (1-1, 4.74) vs. Roger Clemens (1-0, 0.43) 1:15 p.m.#

Sun., April 24 vs. ASTROS: Matt Morris (1-0, 1.50) vs. Brandon Backe (0-0, 3.93) 1:15 p.m.#

Times listed are Central...All games broadcast on KMOX Radio

# WB11-TV * Fox Sports-Net/Midwest + FOX Network % ESPN @ESPN2


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