The Cubs (2–1) are looking to clinch their first trip to the NLCS since 2003 by taking down the Cardinals, who had the best record in Major League Baseball in the regular season.
Chicago is turning to veteran Jason Hammel (10–7, 3.74 ERA) to close out the series. The 33-year-old has allowed seven runs in 11 innings against the Cardinals this season, posting a 1–1 record in three starts. Hammel pitched five scoreless innings in his last start against the Cincinnati Reds on Oct. 1 and has an 0–1 record in three postseason starts.
St. Louis will give the nod to 36-year-old John Lackey on three days' rest. Lackey pitched the first game of the series on Friday, throwing 7.1 shutout innings and giving up just two hits in a 4–0 Cardinals win. Lackey has thrown on short rest four times in his career, going 2–1 with a 3.15 ERA.
How to watch
Details for Tuesday’s game are below.
First pitch: 4:30 p.m. ET.
Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV coverage: TBS
Game 1 (St. Louis, Mo.): Cardinals 4, Cubs 0
Game 2 (St. Louis, Mo.): Cubs 6, Cardinals 3
Game 3 (Chicago, Ill.): Cubs 8, Cardinals 6