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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Pick & Prediction AUGUST 25th 2022

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Marcus Stroman has thrown the ball quite well for the Chicago Cubs of late.

However, the right-hander will hope for a better performance than the last time he faced the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago when he leads the Cubs in the rubber match of a five-game series on Thursday.

Stroman (3-5, 3.83 ERA) is 1-0 with a 2.23 ERA in eight starts since missing more than a month with a shoulder issue. Most recently, he faced the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday and gave up two runs on just two hits with four walks over a season-high 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five.

"When you see him locked in like that, he was feeling good," Chicago manager David Ross said. "That's as good as I've seen him. The ball was moving all over the place."


However, on June 3, the Cardinals rolled to a 14-5 victory over Stroman and the host Cubs. St. Louis recorded nine runs and 10 hits in four innings against Stroman -- seven coming on three-run homers from Nolan Gorman and Paul Goldschmidt and a solo shot from Corey Dickerson.

Gorman and Goldschmidt each tagged Stroman for a solo homer at St. Louis on Aug. 4, but those didn't come until a three-run seventh after he tossed six shutout innings during Chicago's 4-3 loss.

In his career, Stroman is 1-2 with a 5.53 ERA in five starts against the Cardinals.

The Cubs earned a 7-1 win on Wednesday, leveling the extended series at two victories apiece. Chicago posted its 13th win in 20 games while improving to 19-13 since the All-Star break.

Dickerson, who has recorded hits in each of his past eight at-bats spanning two games, is batting .415 (17-for-41) with three homers and five doubles vs. Stroman. Goldschmidt is 6-for-13 with three homers and Albert Pujols 5-for-14 against the righty.

Pujols, likely playing his final game at Wrigley Field on Thursday with retirement looming, is batting .487 (19-for-39) over his past 13 games.

Though the Cardinals have a 5 1/2-game lead in the National League Central and are 20-6 since July 27, they have dropped two of three after winning a season-high eight in a row. Aside from a 13-3 victory in the nightcap of the Tuesday doubleheader, St. Louis has totaled two runs in the other three games of the series.

"You keep moving," Cardinals coach Oliver Marmol said. "It happens."

Despite St. Louis' inconsistent offense during the series, its starting pitchers have fared relatively well of late, producing a 2.21 ERA over the past 15 games.

The Cardinals' Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.33 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.13 ERA in seven career games against the Cubs, including four starts, but Thursday will be the first time he faces them in 2022. He is 0-1 with a 5.55 ERA in his past five starts overall.

The right-hander allowed four runs, five hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings of the Cardinals' 16-7 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday in Phoenix. Hudson's most recent winning decision came on June 28.

Chicago's Nico Hoerner, who is 0-for-5 with two strikeouts against Hudson, snapped an 0-for-25 rut with three hits on Wednesday. It was his fourth three-hit game this month.

--Field Level Media

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Recap AUG 25TH 2022

Paul Goldschmidt homered twice and had five RBIs, and Dakota Hudson lasted seven innings as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals bested the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Thursday.

The National League MVP frontrunner, Goldschmidt had three hits and raised his season homer total to 33 -- with 105 RBIs -- after posting the 23rd multi-home run game of his career. Tommy Edman and Corey Dickerson also had three hits apiece for the NL Central-leading Cardinals, who took three of five in the series.

Hudson (7-6) allowed single runs in the second and third innings, plus five hits and two walks while striking out four, as St. Louis improved to 27-11 since July 10.

Cubs starter Marcus Stroman (3-6) gave up five runs on 11 hits in five innings.

After retiring lead-off man Lars Nootbaar, Stroman surrendered consecutive first-inning walks to Brendan Donovan and Goldschmidt. Dickerson and Nolan Gorman followed with back-to-back RBI singles, and Tyler O'Neill delivered a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 St. Louis lead.

The Cubs got a run back in the second when Ian Happ (three hits, two RBIs) recorded his first of two doubles and scored on third baseman Edman's throwing error off an infield single by Franmil Reyes.

Happ's third-inning RBI single made it a 3-2 contest.

St. Louis, though, registered four straight singles off Stroman in the fourth -- highlighted by Goldschmidt's single that brought home two runs for a 5-2 edge.

Goldschmidt's first homer of the day came in the sixth. He then went deep into the center-field shrubbery with a man on in the eighth. Dickerson also tripled in the eighth after his streak of 10 consecutive hits -- spanning three games -- ended with a fielder's choice in the fourth inning.

St. Louis played without star Nolan Arenado, who returned home for the birth of his first child.

--Field Level Media

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