The Cardinals take a 12-game winning streak into a doubleheader at Wrigley Field in hopes of extending their 39-year stretch. St. Louis has solidified as the frontrunner for the second NL wild card with this spurt, the longest in club history since a 12-player race in 1982. The franchise record is 14, set in 1935.
St. Louis left-hander JA Happ (4-2, 4.33) will face Cubs left Justin Steele (3-3, 4.20) in the opening, and Cardinals right-handed Jack Flaherty (9-2, 3.08) will face righty Zach Davies (6 -11, 5.49) in nightgown.
Toronto reliever Ryan Borucki is appealing for a three-match suspension imposed by Major League Baseball for deliberately beating Kevin Kiermaier in Tampa Bay with a pitch in the final volley in a spit between the two AL East rivals.
MLB announced the penalty, which includes an undisclosed fine, Thursday before the Blue Jays began a four-game series in Minnesota. Manager Charlie Montoyo was also suspended for one game and given an unknown fine. He served his sentence immediately.
Borucki appealed the decision of MLB’s senior vice president Mike Hill, and postponed discipline until the process was completed before MLB’s special adviser John McHale Jr.
Borucki were thrown out of the match after picking Kiermaier in the back in the eighth round on Wednesday. It came two days after Kiermaier retrieved a scout report from Toronto that had fallen off prisoner Alejandro Kirk’s bracelet during a game on the plate and refused to return it.