We all know by now that the season to date has not exactly gone the Chicago Cubs way. After finally winning the World Series last year, everyone expected the Cubbies to dominate and prove themselves a perennial contender. Instead, the team is .500 and has swept just one series to date. The Cubs will look for their second series sweep of the year against the St. Louis Cardinals under the lights Sunday.
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- Anthony Rizzo is 13-for-28 with 3 home runs in his career against Michael Wacha.
- Jedd Gyorko (paternity leave) is expected to return to the Cardinals lineup Sunday.
- The UNDER is 8-1 in the Cubs last 9 games.
Michael Wacha takes the bump in hopes of turning the chapter on a down month of May. The righty had a 5.40 ERA through his five starts last month with the Cardinals going 1-4 in those outings. To pile onto the issue, Wacha has a dreadful 6.19 ERA with a 1.69 WHIP in his three starts this season away from Busch Stadium.
Kyle Hendricks, who starts Sunday, has been a steady presence in Cubs rotation. Hendricks has posted a 2.81 ERA across his past seven starts and has only allowed more than two earned runs once in that span. Throughout the entirety of his three-year career, the Dartmouth product has a 2.38 ERA at Wrigley Field.
St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 27-27 heading into this matchup, while the St. Louis Cardinals sit at 26-27 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs St. Louis injuries news.
This game puts the Chicago Cubs, most recently No. 16 in Odds – Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the St. Louis Cardinals, who rate a No. 20 in the latest survey.
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has baseball’s No. 16-rated offensive output, at 7.98 hits per game. The St. Louis Cardinals average 8.55 hits per game, good for No. 17 on the list.
St. Louis brings the No. 5-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cubs’s No. 16-ranked defense.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
St. Louis suffered a 5-3 loss against Chicago on Saturday, as M Leake wasn’t able to lead his team to victory at Wrigley Field.
- St. Louis is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- St. Louis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 6 games
- St. Louis is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
- Chi Cubs is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
- Chi Cubs is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games
- Chi Cubs is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
St. Louis at Cincinnati, Monday, June 5th
Chicago home to Miami, Monday, June 5th