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The first place St. Louis Cardinals have five upcoming games against the Chicago Cubs - A series preview

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The National League Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs this week for their fifth series of the season. The Cardinals are 7-4 in those games with 59 runs scored versus 42 runs allowed. Currently sitting atop the NL Central — ahead of the second-place Milwaukee Brewers by five games — the Cardinals could really start to put this division race away with a good series against the Cubs. The Cubs are always a tough customer for the Cardinals though, especially in Wrigley. They are never shy to play spoiler. The only two pitchers I know for sure are opposing the Cardinals are Drew Smyly and Marcus Stroman. The Cardinals have faced Stroman twice in 2022 tagging him for three runs in his last time out and nine runs in their first meeting of the season. Overall in 2022 he looks to be pitching fine — a 3.83 ERA and 3.83 FIP (even better over his last seven games with a 2.45 ERA). He throws a sinker, slider, cutter, split finger, and a 4-seamer. The sinker is his best pitch this season, though in the past it has been his slider.