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man Jose Altuve didn't play in Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers.Per Mark Berman of Fox 26 http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , Altuve will be placed on the 10-day disabled list with a knee injury."I feel better, actually way better than yesterday," Altuve told Berman. "...We're just being careful right now. The main thing is I feel way better today than yesterday." Kyle Newman of the Denver Post noted on Wednesday the Astros' All-Star was experiencing discomfort in his right knee during a game against the Colorado Rockies and had to leave. Altuve didn't play in Friday's game against the Rangers either.In his eighth MLB season, Altuve has been in the midst of another stellar year. He hasn't quite hit for the same power he did during his MVP campaign in 2017 but is slashing .329/.392/.464 with nine home runs and 46 runs batted in.Marwin Gonzalez has been handling second base duties with Altuve out, and will likely continue to do so for the time being. St. Louis Cardinals (31-30, third in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (35-27, first in the NL Central)Chicago; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Jack Flaherty (4-3, 3.76 ERA Kyle Hendricks Jersey , 1.14 WHIP, 73 strikeouts) Cubs: Jon Lester (4-4, 3.32 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 56 strikeouts)Article continues below ...BOTTOM LINE: Chicago heads into the matchup fresh off a dominant performance by Cole Hamels. Hamels threw eight innings, surrendering zero runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts against St. Louis.The Cubs are 11-11 against the rest of their division. Chicago’s team on-base percentage of .336 is fifth in the majors. Willson Contreras leads the club with an OBP of .392.The Cardinals are 15-15 against NL Central Division opponents. St. Louis has slugged .411 this season. Marcell Ozuna leads the club with a .518 slugging percentage, including 28 extra-base hits and 16 home runs. The Cubs won the last meeting 3-1. Cole Hamels notched his fifth victory and Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Chicago. Miles Mikolas registered his sixth loss for St. Louis.TOP PERFORMERS: Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs with 16 home runs and is batting .280. Kyle Schwarber is 9-for-35 with a double, three home runs and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 51 RBIs and is batting .250. Matt Wieters is 5-for-26 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBIs over the last 10 games for St. Louis.LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 5-5 Mike Montgomery Jersey , .227 batting average, 3.61 ERA, outscored opponents by four runsCardinals: 5-5, .204 batting average, 3.34 ERA, outscored by five runsCubs Injuries: Allen Webster: 60-day IL (hand), Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Xavier Cedeno: 10-day IL (wrist) http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , Tony Barnette: 60-day IL (shoulder).Cardinals Injuries: Miles Mikolas: day-to-day (forearm), Mike Mayers: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Matt Carpenter: day-to-day (leg), Yadier Molina: 10-day IL (thumb).
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