MLB Preview, Vegas Betting Lines & Predictions on Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Cubs Look to Snap Losing Streak to St. Louis
The Chicago Cubs will attempt to get back into the winner’s circle and will seek to snap a two-game losing streak as they get ready to resume hostilities with the St. Louis Cardinals. The two NL Central Division rivals are scheduled to compete in the first instalment of a three-game series with the opener set to be presented by the MLB network Friday night at 8:15 p.m. ET and live from Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO.
Game Time: 8:15 PM ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Moneyline: Chi. Cubs -118
Total: 8 Over -120
This will be the third series between the two division belligerents this season. The first set saw two games postponed due to inclement weather as both split the two contests they were able to play in Chicago. The Cardinals then proceeded to sweep the Cubs back in St. Louis in early May. The Cubs, who have now lost four of their last five games, are 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central.
The Cardinals, who are in the midst of a six-game home stand, enter this contest as -102 home underdog, according to Bovada Sportsbook, with the total sitting on 8 runs. LH Jon Lester (7-2, 2.22 ERA) will attempt to notch his fourth consecutive victory as he takes the hill for the Cubs while RH Michael Wacha (8-1, 2.47 ERA) will also look for his fourth straight win as he gets the call in the opener for the Cardinals.
After a poor start in which he allowed four runs in six innings, Lester has been on absolute fire in his last two starts. The 34-year old threw seven scoreless innings with just one hit allowed with two walks and five strikeouts in a 2-0 win against the Pirates on Saturday. The lefty has not allowed a run and yielded just 3 hits in his last 16 innings. The Tacoma native is 6-4 with a 2.22 ERA in 16-career starts against the Cardinals.
Wacha failed to collect a quality start for the first time in his last six outings but still managed to win the game back on Saturday. The 26-year old allowed two runs across four hits with three free passes and six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings in a 6-4 win against the Reds. The Iowa native, who was part of a no-decision in his lone start against the Cubs on May 1, is 4-7 with a 5.94 ERA in 15-career starts against the Cubs.
Vegas Beting Pick
Team record: 38-27 SU
Chi Cubs is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games
Chi Cubs is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games
Team record: 36-30 SU
St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games
St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
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