It is do or die for the Cubs on their brutal 10-game road trip against the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies. The Cubs are a season low 8 games under .500 with a 23-31 record. They already trail the Cards by 8 games in the NL Central race. Anything worse than a 5-5 record on the road trip could mean doom and gloom for the northsiders.
Ryan Dempster gets the nod in the opener in St. Louis tonight. Dempster has won 3 of his last 4 starts even though his ERA still sits at 6.00.
The Cubs need to find a way to get to their recent Cards-nemesis Jaime Garcia who is 5-1 on the season. Garcia has a career 1.93 ERA against the Cubs and he tossed 7 innings of 1-run ball in a 9-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field back on May 12th.
Let’s Go Cubs!