With a 3-2 victory in the series opener Friday, the Chicago Cubs extended their dominance in St. Louis. The Cubbies have now gone 7-2 in their past nine games at Busch Stadium, which includes picking up victories in three of four in the Gateway to the West this season. Chicago and the St. Louis Cardinals will continue their three games set Saturday.
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- Kris Bryant will miss his second-straight game after coming down with a stomach bug.
- The Cubs are 19-7 SU in their last 26 games with Jon Lester as the starting pitcher.
- The Cardinals are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
Jon Lester, who will get the start for the Cubs, has been an absolute workhorse. The lefty is pacing his rotation with a 3.27 ERA and is the only pitcher in the National League to throw at least 100 pitches in every outing. Lester has already faced the Cardinals once this season with the veteran allowing just one run in 5.0 innings on Opening Day.
The other side of that Opening Day pitching duel will also get the start Saturday, as Carlos Martinez takes the bump for the Cards. Martinez is averaging an impressive 10.7 K/9 so far this season but has also struggled with the long ball at times including his last start.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the St. Louis Cardinals as 107 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7.5 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.
Odds – Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.3-3.3 victory for the Cardinals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
19-15 St. Louis battles the Cubs, currently with a 18-17 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Chicago injuries news.
The St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs odds would favor the Cardinals if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. St. Louis is rated No. 3 in the current Odds – Shark poll, while Chicago is at No. 12.
The game also pits St. Louis Cardinals No. 15-rated offense, averaging 4.56 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs defense that ranks No. 16 at 4.57 in runs allowed per game. The St. Louis Cardinals have averaged 8.91 hits per game so far, more than Chicago Cubs batters have averaged on the year (8.57 hits per game).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and St. Louis has the No. 11-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the No. 16 mark in runs allowed.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Cubs grabbed a win last time out, defeating M Leake and the Cardinals 3-2 on Friday at New Busch Stadium.
- Chi Cubs is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
- Chi Cubs is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 16 of Chi Cubs’s last 22 games
- Chi Cubs is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
- St. Louis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 13 of St. Louis’s last 15 games
- St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Chicago at St. Louis, Sunday, May 14th