The St. Louis Cardinals (76-55) host the Chicago Cubs (55-75) at Busch Stadium on Sept. 2 to kick off the final three-game series of 2022 between the National League Central rivals. St. Louis leads the season series 10-6.
Adrian Sampson is starting for the Cubs for the 12th time this season. He is 1-4 with a 3.97 earned run average over 65.2 innings pitched. Sampson’s last time facing the Cardinals was Aug. 23; it did not go well as he allowed five runs in 3.1 innings.
On the mound for the Cardinals is Jordan Montgomery (7-3, 3.28 ERA, 145.1 IP). Montgomery is 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA in five starts for St. Louis since arriving via trade. He was near perfect against the Cubs on Aug. 22 at Wrigley Field, tossing a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks.
The Cardinals are steaming toward the playoffs after going 22-7 in August. The Cubs finished 15-15 in August but are just playing out the season at 20 games behind the first-place Cardinals and 14 in back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.