Free MLB Pick: Cubs vs Cardinals Odds
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Opening Day – Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 8:35 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Jon Lester vs. Carlos Martinez
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -120
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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The Cubs are the defending champs and hell did not freeze over.
As sweet as last season was there is no reason to think they can’t repeat again this season. Cubs vs. Cardinals is always a treat but on opening day what could be better.
They will look to maintain their intensity from the get go.
Veteran lefty Jon Lester gets the opening day nod. He had his best regular season a year ago with 19 wins and career lows in BAA and WHIP.
He was sharp in April too with a 1.83 ERA.
He was 1-0 against the Cardinals last year and pitched well against them. Historically there are no Cards who give him too much trouble.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals always expect to compete so last season’s playoff miss was disappointing.
Making matters worse was the Cubs success. St. Louis might be a model franchise in terms of consistency but they are not expected to truly push the Cubs in the NL Central this season.
A Wild Card is much more likely.
Carlos Martinez emerged as the Cardinals ace last season, winning 16 games.
He was 1-2 against the Cubs though and they hit him especially hard in one home start. Similar to Lester he was strong early posting an ERA under 2 in April.
You should note that in his two full seasons starting his ERA is much better on the road.
MLB Betting Trends:
- CHC are 49-16 in their last 65 games as a favorite.
- Over is 12-4-1 in CHC last 17 games as a favorite.
- Over is 12-4 in CHC last 16 road games.
- STL are 7-2 in Martinezs last 9 starts.
- STL are 7-2 in Martinezs last 9 starts on grass.
- Under is 5-2-1 in Martinezs last 8 starts vs. CHC.
Free Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
There might not be a line posted on this one for a little while but I expect it to be about even. I like the Cubbies to start their quest for another title with a win on Opening Day
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cubs -120
The Cubs are really good once again and since this one is on the road against a rival they should not be distracted the way they might be in their first home game. Decent payoff on the road too.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 5 – St. Louis 3
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