St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Match Preview and Free Picks
The Chicago Cubs hope three days off didn’t upend the momentum they had established before the All-Star break as they prepare to begin a five-game series against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The Cardinals, on the other hand, hope the second half brings a fresh start.
The Cubs won 12 of their last 15 before the break, going from 2 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the National League Central to a 2 1/2-game division lead. St. Louis won its first-half finale - its first game under interim manager Mike Shildt - but begins the second half at a crossroads.
The Cardinals are 48-46 and 7 1/2 games behind the Cubs, and this week’s series could go a long way toward determining whether they are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. St. Louis has won five of eight meetings this season, but the teams have split two games at Wrigley Field.
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St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Starting Pitchers Report
Cardinals RH Carlos Martinez (6-5, 3.08 ERA): Martinez had won three straight starts, posting quality starts in all three, before losing to Cincinnati in his last outing of the first half. The 26-year-old Dominican allowed three runs over five innings in suffering his first loss at home since May 8. Martinez is 4-4 with a 4.58 ERA in 25 games (15 starts) against the Cubs, including a no-decision June 16 in which he gave up three runs over five frames.
Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (6-8, 3.92): Hendricks had a bumpy first half as he battled his fastball command, but he also suffered from a lack of run support. The Cubs scored a single run in eight of the 28-year-old’s 19 starts. Hendricks is 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 starts against the Cardinals, including a win June 16 in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Betting Odds
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St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Free Predictions and Result
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Cardinals 5, Cubs 3
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St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds Trends
|St. Louis is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games|
|St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games|
|St. Louis is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road|
|St. Louis is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|St. Louis is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
|St. Louis is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
Chicago Cubs Betting Odds Trends
|Chi Cubs is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games|
|Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|Chi Cubs is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs's last 15 games at home|
|Chi Cubs is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games when playing St. Louis|
|Chi Cubs is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing St. Louis|
|Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis|
|Chi Cubs is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis|
|Chi Cubs is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against St. Louis|
|Next Up: St. Louis at Chicago Friday, July 20|