It wasn’t that long ago that a matchup between Jake Arrieta and Adam Wainwright would be a marquee pitching duel. However, both hurlers have been floundering early this season with Arrieta posting a 5.35 ERA and Wainwright a 6.37. The two pitchers will take to the bump at Busch Stadium Sunday when the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals close out their three-game series.
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- The Cardinals are 7-1 SU and against the runline in their past 8 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 17 of the Cubs past 24 games.
- Matt Carpenter is 0-27 with 9 strikeouts in his career against Jake Arrieta.
Arrieta has looked worse than any time in recent memory during his last two outings, which can be partially be attributed to his slowing fastball. The righty has allowed 15 hits and 12 runs (four of which were unearned) in his past two starts while lasting a combined 9.2 innings. Arrieta allowed just four hits and no earned runs in his first start against the Cardinals this season.
Wainwright is on pace to record the career-worsts in ERA, WHIP and H/9. And though the veteran has been striking out batters with much frequency this year, he has only finished six innings of work once in seven attempts. Wainwright allowed three hits and two runs in his first start against the Cubs this season in a solid performance.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those betting on the visitors in this one found the Chicago Cubs listed as favorites of -110 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, check for odds updates at MyBookie.
Odds – Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.6-3.7 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
The St. Louis Cardinals sport a record of 20-15 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago Cubs sit at 18-18 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Chicago injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 3 (St. Louis Cardinals) and the No. 12 (Chicago Cubs) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and St. Louis has baseball’s No. 16-rated offensive output, at 8.89 hits per game. The Chicago Cubs average 8.5 hits per game, good for No. 16 on the list.
Defensively, Chicago features the No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 at home, scoring 3.84 runs per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Cubs were saddled with a loss last time out in J Lester’s start, as they lost 5-3 against St. Louis on Saturday at New Busch Stadium.
- Chi Cubs is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
- Chi Cubs is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 17 of Chi Cubs’s last 24 games
- Chi Cubs is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
- St. Louis is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
- St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 6 games
- St. Louis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Chicago home to Cincinnati, Tuesday, May 16th
St. Louis home to Boston, Tuesday, May 16th