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Cardinals, Lackey shut out Cubs in Game 1

John Lackey held the Cubs to just two hits over 7 1/3 innings to outduel Jon Lester, and Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham homered as the Cardinals took Game 1 of the NLDS with a 4-0 win. Box score


Rookies power Cardinals in 8th inning

Rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered in the 8th to extend St. Louis' lead to 4-0. It's the second straight postseason the Cardinals have had two rookies homer in the same game. Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras did it last year. Follow live

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 exits in the 8th

John Lackey gave up only 2 hits and a walk in 7 1/3 IP against the Cubs and leaving with a 1-0 lead. Lackey also struck out five and threw 86 pitches. Kevin Siegrist in now in for the Cardinals. 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

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

In St. Louis, John Lackey hasn't given up a hit through five innings and has faced the minimum 15 batters. The only Cubs baserunner he's allowed so far came courtesy of a fourth inning walk to Kyle Schwarber, who was promptly erased by a 5-4-3 double play. Lackey should have plenty left in the tank too, as he's only thrown 56 pitches so far.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

First 12 outs on 44 pitches for John Lackey. Doesn't get much more efficient than that.

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

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).

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

While the Cardinals take batting practice before game one of the NLDS, a fully uniformed Red Schoendienst yuks it up with fellow Hall of Famer and Cards alum Dennis Eckersley. With St. Louis, the 92-year old Schoendienst won a World Series both as a player (1946) and a manager (1967).

How will Molina play with thumb injury? (1:56)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Despite the fact that catcher Yadier Molina hasn't played since tearing a ligament in his left thumb on Sept. 20, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that the decision to start Molina in today's NLDS opener was really no decision at all.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

Mike Matheny on starting Stephen Piscotty at 1B: "Trying to take advantage of the work Stephen has done at first. . . But more important is the ability to put a Randal Grichuk in there (in RF)”

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's the Cardinals' starting lineup for game one of the NLDS vs. the Cubs. Catcher Yadier Molina is in there, batting seventh and wearing a protective splint on his injured left thumb. It's the first time that Molina - who's been an All-Star in each of the last seven seasons - has played since tearing a ligament in the thumb while making a tag on Sept. 20.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The calm before the storm in St. Louis. No, it's not supposed to rain here today - at least not during the game (AccuWeather says slight chance of mid-day showers, then clearing). But with the Cardinals and Cubs meeting in the postseason for the first time ever, the NLDS crowd at Busch Stadium is sure to be downright thunderous.

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12hMLB 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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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.

Reese Waters' MLB divisional-round predictions (2:02)
Cubs at Cardinals, Game 1 preview (4:02)
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1dJayson Stark

Commissioner: 'Worth talking about' reseeding

Commissioner Rob Manfred says reseeding playoff teams after the wild-card games is "an idea worth talking about" but added that postseason changes are unlikely.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25312th
On Base Percentage.32113th
Slugging Percentage.39423rd
Earned Run Average2.941st
Quality Starts1061st

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