(BaseballStL) — Michael Wacha looks to right the ship in Chicago Saturday as the Cardinals take on the Cubs at Wrigley.
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Friday’s 6-5 loss was the worst outing of the year for Adam Wainwright, who matched his run total from his first six starts combined in just five innings.
Wacha has started twice against the Cubs and appeared in relief once, winning one game and holding them to a .217 average over 12.1 innings.
No north sider has more than six at bats against the 22-year-old, with two hits being the mark to beat.
Opposing him is Jake Arrieta. The 28-year-old has 72 starts for his career, posting a 5.23 ERA in 409 innings.
He won his only start against the Cardinals, going seven scoreless innings and allowing two hits.
Molina the masher
Yadier Molina may have gone hitless on April 26, but the All Star catcher has a hit in 18 of the last 19 games.
In fact, he has 30 hits over that stretch, with 10 multi-hit performances. Since the Cardinals hosted Cincinnati in the home opener, Molina has hit .390 with 12 RBIs, seven doubles and 10 runs scored.
He’s only struck out 15 times on the season in 110 plate appearances.
Starting off right
Matt Carpenter takes great pride in his at bats. As a leadoff man, seeing a multitude of pitches is something of a necessity, and Carpenter is doing even better this season than last.
His average of 4.2 pitches per plate appearances is the highest for any season in his career with regular work.
Carpenter is also taking a more conservative approach, swinging far less at the first pitch. His average of 7.4 percent is down considerably from 11.7 last season.
1) Matt Carpenter 3B
2) Allen Craig RF
3) Matt Holliday LF
4) Matt Adams 1B
5) Yadier Molina C
6) Jhonny Peralta SS
7) Jon Jay CF
8) Greg Garcia 2B
9) Michael Wacha P