Jaime Garcia (10-6, 2.43 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals go up against Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 3.95 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the Divisional Playoffs at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 4-0, and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 5:37 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 10 and will air on TBS.
In his last start, Garcia pitched 4.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-0 loss to the Braves. Jason Heyward (.292, 79 Rs, 13 HRs, 60 RBIs, 23 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Cubs were victorious the last time Hendricks pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out eight in a 1-0 victory over the Brewers.
St. Louis, a -134 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at six runs. The Cardinals perform well as a favorite with an 83-42 record and have an overall money line of +2,228. They are 2-5 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Cardinals lead the NL in ERA with a 2.93 team average. The Cardinals don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the NL with only 8.4 hits allowed per game.
On the other side, the Cubs have a record of 25-27 when they are the underdog and are +1,757 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 46-30 SU and 13-15 as the underdog. Chicago has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an NL-best 3.5 walks per game. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the second-lowest road ERA in the NL at 3.33. They have a WHIP of 1.147, best in the MLB. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an NL-high 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The Cardinals have gotten the best of the Cubs in head-to-head matchups this season, going 12-8. The Cardinals will take on a right-hander (Hendricks) in this game. They have done very well against right-handed starting pitchers this season (76-44), especially at home where they have a 43-17 record. The left-handed Garcia will take the mound against the Cubs, who have a 19-14 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
The Cardinals and the Cubs hold winning records against the NL Central Division this season. The Cardinals sit at 47-30 and the Cubs have a 47-31 record.
St. Louis has won 57% (34-26) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 59% (38-26) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cubs didn't score any runs in their last game. The Cardinals have a 16-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 61-17. The Cubs have a 68-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, St. Louis has earned 651 this season. Chicago ranks 15th with 693 runs.
Ranking eighth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 507 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at second with 571.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 67-26, well-matched with the Cubs who are 69-28 when hitting one or more homers.