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Cubs look to stay hot against fading Cardinals

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs used a strong push to enter the All-Star break leading the National League Central Division. The St. Louis Cardinals, meanwhile, finished the first half on a skid that cost manager Mike Matheny his job.

So as the longtime rivals open a five-game series on Thursday at Wrigley Field, the Cubs -- who have won six of their last eight games -- hope to create some distance between themselves and the rest of the division while the Cardinals look to improve on what has been a disappointing season thus far.

The Cubs entered the break by sweeping the San Diego Padres and by scoring 18 runs in their final two victories of the series. While the offense has more than produced, the Cubs will need more consistency from their starting rotation, including Thursday's starter Kyle Hendricks.

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Leaders
AVG: J. Martínez.297
HR: M. Carpenter19
RBI: J. Martínez56
SB: H. Bader9
W: M. Mikolas10
ERA: M. Mikolas2.79
Saves: B. Norris17
K: L. Weaver96
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 5538.591-
Milwaukee 5543.5612.5
St. Louis 4846.5117.5
Pittsburgh 4849.4959
Cincinnati 4353.44813.5
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General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .244 (21)
Runs: 413 (19)
Hits: 778 (22)
Home Runs: 118 (11)
Stolen Bases: 33 (25)
OBP: .315 (21)
SLG: .399 (19)
Total Bases: 1271 (24)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.85 (12)
Runs Allowed: 402 (13)
Saves: 22 (25)
Strikeouts: 775 (22)
OpBA: .242 (12)
OBP: .318 (14)
SLG: .371 (4)
Run Support: 4.38 (17)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
7/18 M. Bowman Called Up from Minors
7/18 M. Mikolas Placed on Paternity Leave List
7/17 T. O'Neill Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
7/17 T. O'Neill Removed From 10-Day DL (Left hamstring strain)
7/17 T. O'Neill Sent to Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
7/5 T. O'Neill off 10-day DL
6/21 M. Wacha Left oblique strain (on 10-day DL)
6/19 M. Bowman off 10-day DL
6/6 T. Lyons off 10-day DL
5/31 A. Reyes Back surgery - out for season (on 60-day DL)
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