Free MLB Playoff Prediction: Cubs vs Cardinals
Major League Baseball betting sees the Chicago Cubs taking on the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday October 12th at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.
MLB Playoffs: NLDS
Chicago Cubs (1-1) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1-1)
Date: Monday October 12
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
MLB Betting Lines: St. Louis Cardinals +202, Chicago Cubs -212
MLB Betting Total: N/A
Probable Pitchers: Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (17-7, 3.38 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77)
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The Cubs achieved exactly what needed to be done as they split the 2 opening games in St. Louis.
Chicago Cubs home with home field advantage and their ace, Jake Arrieta, taking the hill.
The Cardinals have the experience and knowledge to overcome situations like this and will turn to the reliable Michael Wacha here in Game 3.
First pitch is set for 6:00 PM EST inside Wrigley Field.
St. Louis had the long ball working for them in Game 1, but the Cubs returned the favor in Game 2 to even things up.
The NL Central division winners now look to steal home field advantage back as they were a top tier team on the road in 2015. St. Louis finished 9 games above the break-even mark away from Busch Stadium as they went 45-36 on the road.
They’ll go with RH Michael Wacha, who was one of their most consistent pitchers during the regular season.
Wacha’s 17-7 record shows his consistency, but he’ll have to shake off the rust from his difficult month of September. He finished with a 2-3 record, but had an ERA of 7.88.
Wacha has lost to Chicago twice this season, but does have a lot of success in the postseason. He brings in a record of 4-2 with an ERA of 3.48 in 6 career postseason appearances.
The Cubs used Jorge Soler’s 2 run bomb to boost their momentum and highlight their biggest inning of the series thus far as they went onto win Game 2 6-3.
Rookie Kris Bryant may need the return to the confines of Wrigley Field as he’s started off 0 for 11 with 4 strikeouts throughout the 3 Chicago away Playoff games.
The Cubs will go with RH Jake Arrieta, who showcased just how good he is during the Cubs’ Wild Card win.
Arrieta went a complete game shutout as he K’ed 11 Pirates hitters and did not walk a batter in his stunning performance. Arrieta was also the center of drama as he was hit by a pitch in the 9th inning and the benches cleared.
Arrieta has not lost since July 25th and continues to turn in quality start after quality start. he’s allowed just earned runs over his last 10 outings.
MLB Betting Trends:
- Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series.
- Cardinals are 6-2 in their last 8 Divisional Playoff games.
- Cardinals are 19-7 in their last 26 Monday games.
- Cubs are 22-6 in their last 28 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Cubs are 9-3 in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
4* Free MLB Betting Prediction: Cardinals ML
It’s tough to go against Jake Arrieta, especially how he looked against Pittsburgh last time out. That being said, with the listed price above +200, it’s almost silly not to back the 100 win National League regular season champs at this price.
MLB Baseball Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 3- Chicago 2
The Cardinals get to Arrieta early and hold on as they take a 2-1 series lead.
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