With only three weeks left in the season, time is running out on St. Louis. The Cardinals are six games back in the National League Central and the Cinncinatti Reds have shown no signs of relenting. The Cardinals will open a three game series with the Chicago Cubs on Monday. Jaime Garcia will be making his first start of the year. Garcia (13-7 2.69), will be opposed by Jeff Samardzija for the Cubs, also getting his first opportunity to start. Samardzija spent most of the season in triple A where he went 11-3, with a 4.37 e.r.a., holding left handers to a .186 batting average.
The Cubs will be looking to play spoilers, while the Cardinals look to keep their playoff dreams alive.