Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 23 (8/23): MLB

Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 23 (8/23): MLB

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Odds

Time 2:20 p.m. EST
Cubs money line +158
Cubs run line +1.5 (-110)
Cardinals money line -172
Cardinals run line -1.5 (-105)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Chicago Cubs St Louis Cardinals
Record 52-69 70-51
Home / road record 26-36 30-30
Last 10 record 7-3 8-2
Streak L2 W8
Over / under record 52-60-9 57-60-4
Runs / game 4.26 4.87
Runs allowed / game 4.77 3.95

 

Preview

The Chicago Cubs and the St Louis Cardinals will play the 2nd game of the series at the Wrigley Field on Tuesday. The Cardinals took the win 1-0 in the first game of the series. Pujols hit career homer No. 693, Jordan Montgomery pitched a one-hitter

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs get here with a 52-69 record and have won 5 of their last 7 games. The team is averaging 4.21 runs per game. They're batting for .243 AVG, 503 runs scored in 989 hits and 126 home runs, ranking #20 in offense in the league behind the Cincinnati Reds. Patrick Wisdom is leading the team with 22 home runs and 58 RBI while Nico Hoerner has the better batting average with .295.

Defensively they are allowing 4.77 runs per game and rank #24 in the league. Keegan Thompson leads the pitching staff with a 3.97 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 9 wins recorded for the Cubs.

Probable Pitcher:  Javier Assad (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Assad will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Cubs. After being promoted to Triple-A Iowa at the beginning of July, Assad has made eight appearances (seven starts) with a 2.95 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 36.2 innings.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals get here with a 70-51 record and have won their last 8 games. The team is averaging 4.87 runs and and they're batting for .258 AVG, have 586 runs scored in 1053 hits and 144 home runs, ranking #4 in offense in the league behind the Atlanta Braves. Paul Goldschmidt leads the team with 31 home runs and batting for .335 AVG with 100 RBI so far.

Defensively they are allowing 3.95 runs per game and rank #8 in the league. Adam Wainwright leads the pitching staff with a 3.11 ERA, 123 strikeouts and 9 wins recorded with the Cards.

Probable Pitcher:  Adam Wainwright (9-8, 3.11 ERA)

Wainwright will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Cardinals. Thursday against the Rockies, Wainwright pitched seven innings with no runs allowed while picking up the victory. Without walking a batter, he recorded seven strikeouts. He is 18-13 with an ERA of 3.80 and 246 strikeouts in 55 appearances against the Cubs in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

St. Louis are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs.

St. Louis are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the National League.

Chi Cubs are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games against St. Louis.

Chi Cubs are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Cardinals are on an 8 game winning streak and have dominated the Cubs in their own field beating them in 9 of the last 11 games there. For this game they'll send Adam Wainwright to the mound who has been pretty solid in his last 2 starts allowing only 1 run across 16 innings pitched and has dominated the Cubs this season. The Cubs will have to call javier Assad as their starting rotation is currently banged up and I expect the Cardinals to give him a warm welcome to the majors. Cardinals will win and cover the run line. 

PICK: Cardinals -1.5 (-105)

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