BOTTOM LINE: Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals will take on the Cubs Saturday.
The Cubs are 17-14 against teams from the NL Central. Chicago has hit 85 home runs this season, sixth in the MLB. Javier Baez leads the team with 14, averaging one every 14.9 at-bats.
The Cardinals have gone 13-12 against division opponents. St. Louis is hitting a collective .232 this season, led by Tyler O’Neill with an average of .286.
The Cubs won the last meeting 8-5. Tommy Nance secured his first victory and Joc Pederson went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs for Chicago. Genesis Cabrera took his second loss for St. Louis.
TOP PERFORMERS: Baez leads the Cubs with 14 home runs and has 40 RBIs.
O’Neill leads the Cardinals with 15 home runs and has 32 RBIs.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 6-4, .208 batting average, 4.19 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs