Game Capsule: Cubs vs. Cardinals--05/01/04

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - After winning six straight at one point, the Cubs have now dropped three of four and are in danger of going down two games to none in a four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

What: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
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 Notes

Matt 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.

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 Matt Clement

Cardinals

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 On

Derrek 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.

Fun Facts

  • Matt Clement has held opponents to a league-best .189 batting average. He also leads the National League in strikeouts per nine innings (11.1).

  • After striking out 10 batters last night, Kerry Wood finished the month of April with 42 total K's. He has recorded 30 or more strikeouts for the month of April in three of his past four seasons.

  • Moises Alou has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. During that span, Alou is batting .446. He is four homeruns shy of 250 for his career.

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