Free MLB Pick: Cubs vs Cardinals Odds
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(91-51) Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals (75-67)
Date: Monday, September 12, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (14-7, 2.07 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Mike Leake (9-9, 4.61)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -136
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cardinals +1.5 -135
MLB Betting Total: 8.0 runs
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NL Central rivals clash on Monday with playoff implications on the line as the Chicago Cubs visit the St. Louis Cardinals.
Chicago’s magic number is down to 5 for the division, while the Cardinals continue to fight their way for a Wild Card spot.
The Cubs will have a chance to clinch here in St. Louis, but it will require a sweep.
They’ll open play on Monday with a magic number of 5, as they hold a 16.0 game lead in the division.
Chicago sits 40 games over the .500 mark and is seeking it’s first division title since 2008. While the lineup is one of the best in baseball, it’s been this pitching staff that has been the most impressive feat.
Kyle Hendricks managed to lower his major league best ERA to 2.07 last time out in his win against the Brewers.
Hendricks gave up just 2 runs back on August 13th against the Cardinals, but found himself in the middle of a pitchers duel, resulting in a no decision.
St. Louis Cardinals
While the Cardinals know the division race is well over, their playoff hopes are still certainly right there for the taking.
The Cards will start Monday just 0.5 game behind the New York Mets for the 2nd Wild Card spot.
St. Louis has dropped 3 of their last 5, which includes a 2-1 setback on Sunday in Milwaukee.
The Cardinals will throw Mike Leake here, who makes his 2nd start since returning from the DL.
His first one didn’t last very long, as he stayed around for just 4.1 innings of work, while allowing 3 runs on 9 hits to the Pirates.
Leake does have some solid career success against these Cubs, going 9-3 in 21 career starts.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cubs are 22-5 in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- Cubs are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games.
- Cardinals are 17-5 in their last 22 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- Cardinals are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Free Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
This one is certainly more important from the Cardinals aspect as they are in a race with plenty of other teams.
However, they have struggled at home against the Cubs in this season.
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Leake doesn’t match up well here against this lineup. Look for Chicago to have plenty of success, as they roll in the series opener.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 7- St. Louis 3
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