Cubs, Cardinals Close Out Series Live This Afternoon On ESPN

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The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals will wrap up their four-game series this afternoon live on ESPN.

The National League Central foes are scheduled to take to the field at 4 p.m. ET for the game in a special presentation of Holiday Baseball presented by Hankook Tire.  St. Louis (17-15) has taken two of the series’ games while Chicago (23-18) will look to split the series with the Red Birds.

Johan Oviedo (0-1) is expected to get the start for St. Louis in this afternoon’s game. His last time on the mound was Sept. 2 against Cincinnati.  The Reds won that game 4-3.  Giovannny Gallegos (1-1) took the loss for the Cardinals.

Oviedo pitched 4.2 innings in the game, allowing three hits, one walk and three earned runs while striking out five batters.

Kyle Hendricks (4-4) is scheduled to get the start for Chicago in this afternoon’s game.  His last time on the mound was on Sept. 2 against Pittsburgh.  Chicago won that game 8-2, with Hendricks credited with the win.  He pitched 6.2 innings, allowing one run, one earned run, and two walks on six hits.  Additionally, Hendricks struck out six batters and allowed just one home run.

Chicago leads the NL Central and is fourth overall in the National League, behind Los Angeles, San Diego, and Atlanta.  The Cardinals have defied the odds in the teams’ series, because the team has proven better on the road this season (9-8) than at home (8-7).

Chicago meanwhile has proven equally strong on the road and at home.  The Cubs have gone 13-11 at home and 10-7 on the road so far this season.

Counting the two wins so far against Chicago, St. Louis has won three straight while Chicago is now in a three game slide, so both teams will have a lot for which to play.

Matt Vasgersian will anchor this afternoon’s broadcast on ESPN.  ESPN analyst and MLB World Series Champion Alex Rodriguez will provide additional commentary.  ESPN Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney will have additional news for the game.

Along with its broadcast on ESPN, this afternoon’s game will also simulcast on ESPN+ and the ESPN App.

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