Cardinals Vs. Cubs: St. Louis Looks To Build On Wild Card Lead

Visits to Chicago's north side in late September are always big games for the St. Louis Cardinals. But Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs has the added weight of a playoff push for the reigning World Series champions.

Adam Wainwright takes the hill Saturday afternoon as St. Louis looks to build on their lead for the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Wainwright is looking to bounce back from what's been a disappointing stretch for him. The Cardinals ace is 13-13 on the season and 1-3 in his last five starts. He faces Travis Wood, who is 6-12 on the season.

The Cardinals enter Saturday's game holding off three teams that are all within three games of the second Wild Card. The Milwaukee Brewers are only one and half games out after Friday night's win in Pittsburgh, while the Los Angeles Dodgers are two games back and the surging Philadelphia Phillies sit three games out after spending most of the season near the bottom of the NL East.

First pitch for Saturday's game is set for 12:05 p.m CT at Wrigley Field. It can be seen on FOX Sports Missouri and WGN.

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