Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 25 (8/25): MLB

Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 25 (8/25): MLB

Credit: photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 2:20 p.m. EST
Cubs money line +108
Cubs run line +1.5 (+149)
Cardinals money line -130
Cardinals run line -1.5 (+109)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Chicago Cubs St Louis Cardinals
Record 54-70 71-53
Home / road record 28-37 31-32
Last 10 record 7-3 8-2
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 53-62-9 58-62-4
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 5th game of the series at the Wrigley Field on Thursday. The Cubs bounced back and beat the Cards 7-1 on Wednesday's game to tie the series 2-2. Zach McKinstry homered and drove in three runs, Nico Hoerner had three hits for Chicago, and Yan Gomes added two RBI.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs get here with a 54-70 record and have won 7 of their last 10 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:  Marcus Stroman (3-5, 3.83 ERA)

Stroman will be on the mound in the 5th game of the series for the Cubs. On Saturday against the Brewers, Stroman pitched 7.2 innings and was not considered in the decision. He gave up two runs on two hits, struck out five batters, and walked four. He is 1-2 with an ERA of 5.53 and 34 strikeouts in 5 appearances against the Cardinals in his career.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals get here with a 71-53 record and have won 8 of their last 10 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:  Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.33 ERA)

Wainwright will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Cardinals. Hudson didn't factor into the decision during Saturday's 16-7 win over Arizona, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings. He is 2-0 with an ERA of 3.13 and 25 strikeouts in 7 appearances against the Cubs in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

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

St. Louis are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road.

St. Louis are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games against St. Louis.

Chi Cubs are 11-5 SU in their last 16 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Cubs bounced back and scored 7 runs to beat the Cardinals in the 4th game of the series and will try to win this series by sending Marcus Stroman to the mound who has been solid in his last 2 starts but has been pounded by the Cards this season. Dakota Hudson will start for St Louis who has struggled lately and the Cardinals have lost in 5 of his last 7 starts. Expect both offenses to respond this time so we should see a high scoring game. Take the over. 

PICK: Over 8 (-110)

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