Where: Busch Stadium
When: Saturday, May 1, 6:10 CDT
Air (TV): Fox Sports Net Chicago
Commentators: Chip Caray, Steve Stone
Probable starters: Matt Clement (3-1, 2.22) vs. Jeff Suppan (2-2, 3.65)
Pre-game NotesMatt Clement goes for his fourth straight win Saturday in what will be his first start away from Wrigley Field since April 8 at Cincinnati. Clement has since gone 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA over his last three starts, and has struck 26 batters in that time, walking only nine. Clement is coming off a career-high 13 strikeouts against the New York Mets last Sunday. The 29-year-old right-hander will look for his first career victory against the Cardinals. Lifetime in seven starts versus the Redbirds, he is 0-3 with a 5.27 ERA, including 0-1 in four starts at Busch Stadium.
Jeff Suppan has been a pretty solid acquisition since coming over to St. Louis from the Boston Red Sox in the off-season. His only problem this year has been winning at home, where he is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in two starts. During that time, he's given up four homeruns. Suppan has faced the Cubs only three times in his career. He has a 4.34 ERA lifetime against the North siders.
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 Matt Clement
2B Tony Womack
LF Ray Lankford
1B Albert Pujols
CF Jim Edmonds
3B Scott Rolen
SS Edgar Renteria
RF Reggie Sanders
C Cody McKay
SP Jeff Suppan
Who to Keep An Eye OnDerrek Lee: The Cubs are still waiting on first baseman Derrek Lee to get hot. Lifetime against Jeff Suppan, Lee is 4-for-8 with a homerun, a double and two RBIs.
Todd Walker: After an 0-for-5 night last night, the Cubs second baseman will look to get back on track in game two of the series, having gone 5-for-15 lifetime against Suppan with a homerun, a double and an RBI.
Alex Gonzalez: Alex Gonzalez is finally starting to heat up, now hitting .254 on the year with 3 HR and 6 RBI. Lifetime against Suppan, he is 4-for-13 with a double and a triple.
Michael Barrett: The Cubs catcher is currently riding a four-game hitting streak after finishing 3-for-4 in last night's game. Barrett is 5-for-10 on this road trip.
Ray Lankford: The Cardinals left fielder is 5-for-11 with a double lifetime versus Matt Clement.
Scott Rolen: Two homeruns, three doubles, five RBIs lifetime against Clement.