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(29-12) Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals (23-22)
Date: Monday May 23, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Projected Pitchers: John Lackey vs Adam Wainwright
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -118
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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The oldest rivalry in the National League opens up again as the Cubs travel to St. Louis to face the Cardinals.
What can be said about the Cubs that hasn’t been said already? With the best lineup and best rotation in the majors, the Cubbies continue their domination of anyone who steps in their way.
The offense, led by Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Dexter Fowler and company, are 1st in OBP, 2nd in runs and 3rd in OPS. The pitching has been even better.
The Cubbies are also 1st in runs allowed, hits allowed and BAA, ERA and WHIP. It’s incredible how well-rounded their rotation is, and veteran John Lackey looks to continue that success against his former team.
Lackey is 4-2 with a 3.41 ERA and a WHIP of just 0.98. He was phenomenal in his last start against the Cardinals in St. Louis where he went seven innings and allowed no runs on four hits while striking out 11 batters.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have been surprisingly efficient with their bats, though the pitching has been suspect at times.
Matt Carpenter and Aledmys Diaz have been the foundation of the Cards’ lineup, and they still have Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday as well.
The Cardinals are just 12-12 at home, and they’ll need to be flawless against a Cubs team that has owned the NL Central thus far.
Adam Wainwright will toe the rubber for St. Louis in the first game of this series. Though his record is 4-3, he comes in with a ballooned ERA of 5.92 and a WHIP of 1.53.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cubs are 16-5 vs. NL Central.
- Cubs are 15-6 on the road.
- Cubs are 18-4 in night games.
- Cardinals are 5-0 in Wainwright’s last 5 starts.
- Cardinals are 3-1 when Wainwright starts at home.
Free Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
The Cards’ most veteran pitcher has allowed just six runs in his previous three home starts, but he’s yet to face the Cubs this season.
This game features a matchup of two grizzled veterans on two quality clubs. The Cardinals have been efficient when Wainwright has taken the mound, but the Cubs have been phenomenal all season long.
With Lackey having previously owned St. Louis the last time he faced them, I think Chicago will see similar results on Monday.
It’s always entertaining when the Cubs and Cardinals get together, but the tides are turning in the NL Central, and the Cubbies are the new kings. They’ll get the job done in this one.
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I’ll stick with Lackey and the scorching-hot Cubs against a Cardinals team that’s been mediocre all season long.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 6-2
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