NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals Part One
Cardinals: Randal Grichuk/Stephen Piscotty – Grichuk, does have the propensity to strike out a lot, like Bryant and Schwarber. However, he has an average of .276 with 17 homers in 103 games played, with 10 of his homers coming in the pitcher friendly Busch Stadium. Add in Piscotty’s .305 average and 7 homers in 305 plate appearances and his wRC+ of 133, it’s clear the Cardinals have the advantage with whoever plays here.
Cubs: Austin Jackson/Jorge Soler – If Austin Jackson is indeed the starting RF for the Cubs in this series, it’s a clear advantage for the Cardinals. Jackson is a decent player and had some good seasons in Detroit. However, this season is season is an ok season, starting out in Seattle before being traded to the Cubs at the end of August. Jackson’s overall numbers look like this .267/.311/.385 with a wRC+ of 94. He did manage to come up with 39 extra base hits (nine homers, 25 doubles, and three triples). Most of those numbers came from Seattle, as he is hitting a dismal .236 with Chicago in 79 plate appearances.
Advantage: Cardinals. Even if the Cubs go with Soler and his 10 homers and .262 average, the advantage goes to the Cardinals.