Heading into game three of this NL Central matchup, it will be Adam Wainwright on the mound for the Cardinals (46-59, 22-28 home), facing off against the Cubs (52-51, 25-25 away) and Jameson Taillon. Find out my prediction for today’s Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game in St. Louis.
CHICAGO CUBS VS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -109
This game will be played at Busch Stadium at 7:15 ET on Saturday, July 29th.
WHY BET THE CHICAGO CUBS:
- In their last ten games, the Cubs have a record of 9-1.
- Chicago has the leg up over the Cardinals so far this year at 7-4.
- The Cardinals have gone 1-2 in Adam Wainwright’s last five starts.
CHICAGO CUBS HAVE BEEN GOOD AGAINST THE NL CENTRAL
103 games into the season, the Cubs have a record of 52-51, putting them 3rd in the NL Central. This mark includes an overall series 16-13-3. At home, they are 27-26 compared to 25-25 on the road.
The Cubs will call on starter Jameson Taillon, who has a 4-6 record through 17 appearances in the 2023 season. His ERA stands at 5.75, and he has a K/9 of 7.92. Additionally, Taillon’s FIP is 4.69 and his OBP is .323.
Jameson Taillon earned a victory in his last outing against the Cardinals, surrendering one run and seven hits as the Cubs came away with a 7-2 win.
For the season, the Cubs are 10th in batting average, hitting a combined .254. Over their last five games, they have hit .287 which is 5th in that span. Chicago’s average of 5 runs per game puts them 8th in the league. In terms of home runs, they have gone deep 117 times and have a team slugging percentage of .409.
Cody Bellinger is having a stellar season for the Chicago Cubs, boasting a .319 batting average and .546 slugging percentage. In the team’s last ten games, Bellinger has been on fire at the plate, leading the Cubs in hits with a .393 average.
WILL THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
For the season, the Cardinals have an overall record of 46-59, placing them 5th in the NL Central. Against other NL Central opponents, they are 12-19 along with going 22-28 and 24-31 at home and on the road, respectively. So far, they have played a total of 32 series, going 13-16-3.
Adam Wainwright is set to take the mound for St. Louis with a 3-4 record this season. In 12 appearances, the veteran right-hander has posted an ERA of 7.31, a K/9 of 4.92, a FIP of 5.65 and an OBP of .396.
Adam Wainwright was unable to secure a win in his most recent start against the Diamondbacks, despite allowing only two runs and four hits over five innings. The Cardinals ultimately emerged victorious, 10-6.
As a team, the Cardinals are ranked 5th in home runs, and have gone deep in three straight games. In terms of batting average, the Cardinals are hitting .257 which is 8th in the league and are averaging 4.8 runs per game (10th). Across St. Louis’ last five games, they are averaging 5.4 runs per contest (6th).
Nolan Gorman has been a major contributor to the Cardinals’ offensive success in 2023. He leads the team with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs, while boasting a .498 slugging percentage. Gorman’s power has been a key factor in the Cardinals’ success this season.