Cubs Game Notes For Monday vs. St. Louis
* The Cardinals lost, 7-2, at home to Cincinnati yesterday, but had already clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season when Milwaukee lost (1-0) to the Pirates. St. Louis is 16-7 (.696) in its last 23 games – best of any National League club since August 30.
* Chicago dropped an 8-5 decision to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field on Sunday, and is now 5-11 in their last 16 contests (third worst in MLB since September 5). The Cubs have allowed at least eight runs 25 times in 2014 (1-24 record in those games).
* St. Louis has taken nine of the first 16 overall meetings with Chicago in 2014. Including splitting six contests this season, these two clubs have played 46 games at Wrigley Field since the beginning of 2009, and each has walked away with 23 victories.
* Adam Wainwright threw the second complete-game shutout of the season in his last outing vs. Milwaukee (September 17), and has won four straight starts overall, improving to exactly 19-9 for the second straight season (one win shy of tying his career-high of 20 wins in 2010). Wainwright is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in four starts against the Cubs in 2014.
* Travis Wood had one of the best outings of the season a week ago vs. the Reds (6.0 IP, 0 ER), but was saddled with his 10th no-decision of 2014 for the effort. Wood is 2-0 with a 3.97 ERA in four starts against the Cardinals this season.
* Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 and scored a run yesterday vs. the Dodgers, and now has at least one hit and one run in five straight games overall (third time this season he’s had such a streak). Valbuena has gone deep four times against the Cardinals in 2014 – most of any Cub and tied for second most of any MLB player.