Game Capsule: Cubs vs. Cardinals--05/02/04

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - After suffering a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night at Busch Stadium, the Cubs battled back Saturday with a rain-soaked 4-2 victory to even up the series at a game apiece. Today they match up against Cub killer and Cardinal ace Matt Morris.

What: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Where: Busch Stadium
When: Sunday, May 2, 1:10 CDT
Air (TV): WGN
Commentators: Chip Caray, Steve Stone
Probable Starters: Carlos Zambrano (2-1, 3.55) vs. Matt Morris (3-2, 4.50)

Pre-game Notes

After suffering one of the worst outings for a Cubs starter this year last Monday night in Arizona, Carlos Zambrano will look to get back on track against a dangerous St. Louis offense that was kept in check by Matt Clement last night. Clement allowed just one run on five hits through eight innings en route to his fourth straight win and first career victory against the Cardinals. Zambrano will also look for his first career win against the Cardinals, having gone 0-3 with a 4.01 ERA against them in five starts.

Cardinals ace Matt Morris gets the start today against the Cubs, which has only spelled trouble for the North siders in years past. Lifetime against the Cubs, Morris has simply been overwhelming, posting a 10-2 career record to go with a 3.42 ERA. A win against Morris, and ultimately a series win at Busch Stadium, would lift a tremendous monkey off the Cubs' back.

Who to Keep An Eye On

Moises Alou: The Cubs left fielder has hit Matt Morris to the tune of .348 lifetime in his career, including 2 HR and 11 RBI. Alou also has six doubles against Morris.

Corey Patterson: Patterson has hit Morris quite well in his career, going 8-for-17 with 2 HR and 4 RBI lifetime against the Cardinal right-hander.

Sammy Sosa: Career .313 hitter against Morris, with 3 HR and 8 RBI.

Tom Goodwin: 5-for-9 lifetime against Morris in mostly pinch-hit appearances, including three walks and four stolen bases.

Edgar Renteria: The gold glove shortstop has dominated Carlos Zambrano throughout his career, recording eight hits in 12 at-bat's lifetime. Fortunately, most of Renteria's damage has come without runners in scoring position, as he has only one RBI to go with those eight hits.

Jim Edmonds: 4-for-14 lifetime against Zambrano with a homerun.

Albert Pujols: Like Edmonds, Pujols has four hits in 14 at-bats lifetime against Zambrano. Pujols has four RBIs in that span.

Series Notes

  • The Cubs have not posting a winning record against the Cardinals in a single season since 1999 under Jim Riggleman. They have not posted a winning record at Busch Stadium since 1995.

  • Matt Morris has won six straight decisions versus the Cubs dating back to 2001. His last loss to the North siders came on July 29 of '01 at Wrigley Field.

  • The Cubs lead the all-time series with the Cardinals, 1098-1043. They are 133-181 lifetime at Busch Stadium since 1966.

    Fun Facts

  • The Cubs have either maintained or been tied for first place since April 21.

  • In the Cubs' 14 wins this year, they have a combined 2.37 ERA and .309 batting average. In nine losses, they have a combined 7.16 ERA and .239 batting average.

    Conditions

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. High 60F. Rain chance 40%.

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