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97-65, 3rd in NL Cent

Pham's HR gives Cardinals extra cushion

Tommy Pham hit a long pinch-hit HR off Jon Lester in the eighth to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead over the Cubs. Lester is now out of the game after following up the homer by walking Matt Carpenter. Pedro Strop is now in with one out in the 8th. Follow live


Lackey has no-hit bid through 5

John Lackey has held the Cubs hitless through five innings (1 BB, 3 Ks, 56 pitches) in Game 1 of the NLDS. The Cardinals have a 1-0 lead. Follow live

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo now just 1 for 14 off John Lackey in his career. 0 for 2 today as Cubs have yet to have a hit through 5 innings.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Coming into the game Cubs starters had not given up more than a single run in their last nine outings. All wins. Cards scored 1 in the first.

Cardinals go up early vs. Cubs

The Cubs went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, but Matt Holliday's RBI single off Jon Lester to score Stephen Piscotty in the bottom of the frame has the Cards up 1-0 heading into the second. Follow live

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Cubs at Cardinals in Game 1 of NLDS

The Cubs' reward for their euphoric NL wild-card win over the Pirates? A series with MLB's only 100-win team. Former Red Sox teammates Jon Lester and John Lackey meet on the mound. Follow live

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester has allowed 44 stolen bases this season, most in baseball. But twice in Sept. he caught guys taking liberties at first base and got them in rundowns. Always a storyline with him.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

An Elias Sports Bureau stat that caught my attention: John Lackey had a lower ERA at Busch Stadium this year (1.93) than Jake Arrieta had at Wrigley (1.97).

Colbert thinks Cubs escaped curse of the goat (2:07)
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9hBuster Olney

Joe Maddon's lineup choices pay off for Cubs

The Chicago Cubs manager made some unconventional decisions in the NL wild-card game that were reminiscent of a famous Connie Mack move in 1929.

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11hMLB Vegas Experts

Experts: How to bet Cubs-Cardinals NLDS

ESPN Chalk's Vegas experts give their best bets for the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals.

12hJonah Keri

Grantland: NLDS Preview: Breaking Down Cubs vs. Cardinals and Mets vs. Dodgers

The Mets will try to win their first playoff series in 15 years. The Dodgers hope to claim their first World Series in 27 seasons. As you may have heard, the Cubs haven't won it all since 1908. And meanwhile, Cardinals fans have been made to suffer the outrageous misfortune of a four-year championship drought.

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Longoria: Joe Maddon is a great motivator

Rays 3B Evan Longoria discusses the genius of Joe Maddon and the pressure of playing in a postseason environment. Plus, he makes Week 5 NFL picks with Mike Golic and Ian Fitzsimmons.

Longoria: Joe Maddon is a genius (1:01)

Source: Cuban prospect Martinez, Cubs agree

Cuban center field prospect Eddy Julio Martinez has agreed to terms with the Cubs, a source close to Martinez said. Martinez will receive a $3 million signing bonus, pending a physical.

ESPN Stats & Info

Lester vs. Lackey in Game 1

The Cardinals will send 18-game winner John Lackey to the mound opposite Cubs southpaw Jon Lester in Friday's NLDS opener.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.24429th
On Base Percentage.32112th
Slugging Percentage.39819th
Earned Run Average3.363rd
Quality Starts8115th

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