St Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 3 (9/3): MLB

St Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 3 (9/3): MLB

Credit: photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:15 p.m. EST
Cubs money line +170
Cubs run line +1.5 (-120)
Cardinals money line -210
Cardinals run line -1.5 (+100)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Chicago Cubs St Louis Cardinals
Record 56-76 77-55
Road / home record 28-38 43-22
Last 10 record 4-6 6-4
Streak L1 W2
Over / under record 56-64-12 63-64-5
Runs / game 4.15 4.92
Runs allowed / game 4.81 3.97

 

Preview

The Chicago Cubs and the St Louis Cardinals will play the 2nd game of the series at the Busch Stadium on Saturday. The Cardinals blanked the Cubs 8-0 in the first game of the series. Jordan Montgomery pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning to remain unbeaten with St. Louis, Lars Nootbaar and Tommy Edman homered.

 

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs get here with a 56-76 record and have lost 5 of their last 6 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:  Drew Smyly (5-7, 3.24 ERA)

Smyly will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Cubs. Smyly did not factor into the decision against the Brewers on Saturday, allowing no runs on five hits while striking out two and walking one over six innings. He has a record of 1-1 with an ERA of 2.61 and 17 strikeouts in 4 appearances versus the Cardinals in his career.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals get here with a 77-55 record and have won 5 of their last 6 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:  Adam Wainwright (9-9, 3.09 ERA)

Wainwright will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Cardinals. Wainwright allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out four without walking a batter over 6.2 innings in a no-decision versus Atlanta on Sunday. He is 18-14 with an ERA of 3.78 and 249 strikeouts in 56 appearances versus the Cubs in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Chicago Cubs are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games against St. Louis.

Chicago Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

Chicago Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis.

St. Louis are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.

St. Louis are 16-2 SU in their last 18 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Cardinals continue to stay hot and have won 5 of their last 6 games averaging 6 runs per game on that strecht. For this game they'll Wainwright to the mound who has been solid allowing 2 runs or less in each of his last 4 starts and has dominated the Cubs this season. Drew Smyly will start for the Cubs who has also been pretty solid lately allowing only 3 runs in his last 30 innings pitched. The under is cashing big time when these 2 teams have met and with this pitching matchup I think that's the best play. 

PICK: Under 7.5 (-110)

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