St Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 2 (9/2): MLB

St Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 2 (9/2): MLB

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Odds

Time 8:15 p.m. EST
Cubs money line +210
Cubs run line +1.5 (-105)
Cardinals money line -260
Cardinals run line -1.5 (-115)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Chicago Cubs St Louis Cardinals
Record 56-75 76-55
Road / home record 28-37 42-22
Last 10 record 4-6 6-4
Streak W1 W1
Over / under record 56-64-11 63-64-4
Runs / game 4.15 4.92
Runs allowed / game 4.81 3.97

 

Preview

The Chicago Cubs and the St Louis Cardinals will meet again to play a 3-game series at the Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won their last series against the Reds while the Cubs lost 2 of 3 times versus Blue Jays and arer 7-11 against the Cardinals this season.

 

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs get here with a 56-75 record and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.15 runs per game. They're batting for .243 AVG, 503 runs scored in 989 hits and 126 home runs, ranking #23 in offense in the league behind the Seattle Mariners. 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 4.81 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:  Adrian Sampson (1-4, 3.97 ERA)

Sampson will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Cubs. Due to his vaccination status, Sampson was unable to travel to Canada for the Cubs' recent series with the Blue Jays, but he was added back to the 28-man active roster. He has a record of 1-1 with an ERA of 4.18 and 17 strikeouts in 5 appearances versus the Cardinals in his career.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals get here with a 76-55 record and have won 4 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.92 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 3.97 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:  Jordan Montgomery (7-3, 3.28 ERA)

Montgomery will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Cardinals. Montgomery registered a no-decision during Saturday's 6-5 win against Atlanta, allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts in five innings. He has a 3-0 record with an ERA of 0.79 and 15 strikeouts in 3 appearances versus the Cubs in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Chi Cubs are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games against St. Louis.

Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games when playing on the road against St. Louis.

St. Louis are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of St. Louis' last 12 games against Chi Cubs.

St. Louis are 15-2 SU in their last 17 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Cardinals continue to stay hot and have won 4 of their last 5 games averaging 6 runs per game on that strecht. For this game they'll Jordan Montgomery to the mound who was pounded by the Braves in his last start but has absolutely dominated the Cubs this season. Adrian Sampson will start for the Cubs who has been up and down this season and got rocked the last time he faced the Cards. The under is cashing big time when these 2 teams have met and with Montgomery on the mound I think that's the best play. 

PICK: Under 8 (-110)

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