After Sunday's win over the Pirates, St. Louis still hasn't lost a series in 2012; with solid pitching from the starting rotation -- outside of Adam Wainwright -- and an offense that has produced plenty of runs even without Albert Pujols, the Cardinals also have the best run differential in the National League.
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The rival Chicago Cubs, meanwhile, are off to a 4-12 start to the season and they're already seven games behind St. Louis in the Central. The Cardinals will look to extend that lead when they begin a three-game series with the Cubs on Monday night.
Here's a glance at the series schedule:
Game 1: Monday, April 23, 7:05 p.m. CT (Fox Sports Midwest)
Game 2: Tuesday, April 24, 7:05 p.m. CT (Fox Sports Midwest)
Game 3: Wednesday, April 25, 1:20 p.m. CT (Fox Sports Midwest)
Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.06 ERA) is set to start Monday's game for St. Louis, while Matt Garza (1-1, 3.66) will be on the hill for Chicago.
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