Clement boasts a 3-0 record with a 2.74 ERA in three starts against the Cardinals this year.
The right-hander enters with a 1.22 ERA in his last three starts despite a 1-1 record over that span. He lost 2-1 at home to Oakland on Friday, allowing two runs and seven hits over eight innings. He also struck out eight, increasing his total on the season to 98, third-most in the majors.
“It’s been a year where my games have come down to the end and have been close, both the ones I’ve won and the ones I’ve lost,” Clement said. “That’s a good thing. If you’re in the game and the team is in the game, you’re throwing the ball well.”
The Cubs could have joined St. Louis atop the NL Central on Wednesday, but lost 10-9 after overcoming deficits of 3-0 and 5-3.
Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals, his 20th of the season.
The Cardinals have won seven of nine. They will start right-hander Chris Carpenter, who has helped St. Louis to a 10-3 record in his starts this season.
Carpenter, who missed all of last year after having arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder, is 2-0 with a 3.77 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs, with both of those outings coming this season.