Game Capsule: Cubs vs. Cardinals--04/30/04

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - It's time. Bitter rivals, Chicago and St. Louis, get set to square for the first time in 2004 tonight at Busch Stadium.

What: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Where: Busch Stadium
When: Friday, April 30, 7:10 CDT
Air (TV): WGN
Commentators: Chip Caray, Steve Stone
Probable starters: Kerry Wood (3-1, 2.60) vs. Woody Williams (0-2, 6.53 ERA)
Last meeting: September 4, 2003
Result: Cubs 7 Cardinals 6

Pre-game Notes

Kerry Wood enters play Friday against St. Louis with a career 5-5 mark and 3.15 against the Redbirds. The last time Wood faced the Cardinals was back on September 2 of last year at Wrigley Field, when he lost a close battle with Matt Morris in game three of a five-game series. Wood was 0-2 in four starts against the Redbirds last season despite a 3.38 ERA. His 12 homeruns allowed lifetime against St. Louis is the most versus any team in his career.

Woody Williams has faced the Cubs 10 times in his career, including nine starts and a rare relief appearance during last year's September series at Wrigley Field. He is 2-5 lifetime against the Cubs with a 4.02 ERA.

Starting Lineups

Cubs

2B Todd Walker
CF Corey Patterson
RF Sammy Sosa
LF Moises Alou
3B Aramis Ramirez
1B Derrek Lee
SS Alex Gonzalez
C Michael Barrett
SP Kerry Wood

Cardinals

2B Tony Womack
LF Ray Lankford
1B Albert Pujols
CF Jim Edmonds
3B Scott Rolen
SS Edgar Renteria
RF Reggie Sanders
C Mike Matheny
SP Woody Williams

Who to Keep An Eye On

Derrek Lee: The Cubs would like to see first baseman Derrek Lee get hot, and Woody Williams pitching may be just what the doctor ordered. Lee is a career .313 hitter against Williams with a double and an RBI.

Corey Patterson: Also 5-for-16 lifetime versus Williams, including a double, a triple and an RBI.

Todd Hollandsworth: 6-for-14 lifetime against Williams with two homeruns and five RBIs.

Jim Edmonds: The Cardinals center fielder is a .281 lifetime hitter against Kerry Wood, with three homeruns and five RBIs. He has also walked 10 times versus Wood, the most for any current Cardinal player.

Albert Pujols: 9-for-27 lifetime against Wood with three homeruns and five RBIs, including a .471 OBP.

Fun Facts

  • The Cubs have scored 112 runs so far in the month of April for an average of 5.3 a game.

  • If the Cubs can hit four homeruns tonight, they would eclipse the club's all-time record for homers in the month of April. The current record is 39, set by the 2000 Cubs. The Cubs have currently hit 36 in April.

  • The Cubs enter play Friday at 13-8 on the year and 6-5 on the road. This marks the second consecutive season in which the team will finish the month of April above .500. Last season they were 14-12 in April.

  • Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds needs just three doubles to reach 300 for his career. Edmonds has hit 297 in his career, including 12 lifetime against the Cubs and 10 this season.

    Series Notes

    The Cubs lead the all-time series with St. Louis 1097-1042, dating back to 1892. Lifetime at Busch Stadium, the Cubs are 132-181.

    Conditions

    Heavy rain and thunderstorms. Low 55F. Rain chance 60%.

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