Cards-Cubs series could be trade-deadline showcase

scheduled tribe. louis cardinals Not playing like a club that could reportedly be a seller at the upcoming trade deadline

Meanwhile, Marcus Strowman Could Be Making One Of His Last Few Starts chicago cubs

Riding on a season high five-game winning streak, the tour Cardinals Try to get the best of Strowman again during the series opener against the rival cub on thursday night

One of the biggest disappointments of the major leagues, the St. St. Louis entered the All-Star break 38–52. Earlier this week, John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations, indicated that the club could reach deals with veteran players by August. 1 deadline.

However, after a 7-5 loss in 10 innings against the Washington Nationals on Friday Cardinals Scored 34 total runs and won five games in a row while batting .330, highlighted by this week’s home sweep of the Miami Marlins.

Although St. St. Louis is 10 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central Cardinals are winners of seven of their last eight

“That’s what we expected from the beginning,” St. Lewis second baseman Nolan Gorman said. “Obviously it didn’t happen that way, but it’s good to see it coming together.”

Gorman and teammate Nolan Arenado are a combined 17-for-36 (.472) over the past five games with four home runs and 19 RBI. However, Arenado is 3-for-16 vs. Chicago in 2023, but Gorman is 4-for-11 with one homer against cub In this weather

One of those Gorman hits came against Stroman (10–6, 2.88 ERA) during the St. Lewis’ 7–5 win in London on 25 June. The right-hander allowed six runs, three earned runs and eight hits before leaving with a blister after 3 1/3 innings.

That outing resulted in a three-start streak in which Stroman went 0–2 with a 7.71 ERA. However, he regained his All-Star form on Saturday, allowing one run and three hits over six innings during a 10–4 victory against the Boston Red Sox.

The performance further increased Strowman’s potential trade value. In his second season with Chicago, Stroman isn’t expecting the same cub to extend his contract until the trade deadline

Although Chicago scored 25 total runs this week to pick up two consecutive wins over Washington and claim the first winning home series since June 16–18, cub is five games under .500, ahead of 2 1/2 CardinalsAnd soon you can also become a seller

Stroman said, “I love the city and the fan base.” “Whatever happens, happens. If I have to go somewhere else for two months to pitch, so be it.”

“I’m in good shape mentally.”

Former Cub Wilson Contreras is 4-for-5 against Stroman this season.

Cardinals Will send Steven Matz (0-7, 4.86 ERA) to the mound in his third start on Thursday since returning to the rotation on July 9.

In that outing against the Chicago White Sox, Matz allowed one unearned run and two hits, striking out nine and allowing no runs in 5 1/3 innings. However, the left-hander allowed four runs, four hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Nationals on Saturday.

Matz pitched 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings against cub on June 24, but he last faced them as a starter in 2018. In four career games (three starts) Vs. Chicago, he’s 0-2 with a 3.92 ERA

Chicago’s Cody Bellinger, another potential trade piece, is 2-for-7 with a homer and three walks versus Matz. Bellinger is batting .436 (34 of 78) in his last 21 games.

Out July 5 with a left heel injury, Chicago All-Star Dansby Swanson could return for the St. Louis Cardinals. Louis series. He is 9-for-20 (.450) with two homers and nine RBI vs. Cardinals in 2023

–Field Level Media

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