Kyle Hendricks (11-7, 2.17 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (73-41) meet Luke Weaver (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (60-56) in the third of a four-game division series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 13-2, extending an 11-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 2:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 13 and will air on WLS and FSMW.
In his most recent outing, Hendricks pitched 7.1 innings, allowing one run and striking out four in a 3-1 victory over the Athletics. Kris Bryant (.288, 88 Rs, 28 HRs, 72 RBIs, 7 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs. This is the first start of the season for Weaver.
Chicago is a heavy -225 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Cubs have a winning record of 68-33 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +169. They are perfect SU and 9-0 as the favorite in their last 10 games. The Cubs seem to play better against their division opponents, averaging 6.1 runs per game, well over their season average of 5.1. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the NL with an average of 4.2 walks per game. Chicago's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 1.6 during that span, compared to its 3.3 season average. The Cubs don't allow many hitters to get on base, leading the league with a 1.108 WHIP.
Moving on to the away team, the Cardinals come into this game with a win percentage of .459 when playing as the underdog (17-20) and an overall money line of -630. Over the last 10 games, the team is winless as the underdog with a 0-2 record and 4-6 SU. The Cardinals will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, St. Louis's run production has dropped to 3.1 runs per game, compared to 5.1 for the duration of the season. The Cardinals are known for their power, smashing 157 home runs. St. Louis's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.0 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.4.
The Cubs have mostly come out on top against the Cardinals in their previous 11 games this season, earning a 6-5 record. The Cubs will take on a right-hander (Weaver) in this game and have a 47-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Cardinals will be the right-hander Hendricks. They sport a 45-36 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs sit at 30-14 against their divisional rivals, while the Cardinals are 26-22.
For the 15th time this season, the Cubs registered at least two errors in a game.
The Cubs are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 13 runs. The Cardinals have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
The Cubs are coming into the game with 11 consecutive wins, while the Cardinals currently have a losing streak of two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 61-12. The Cardinals have a 42-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Chicago and St. Louis both rank in the top five of the league in runs. Chicago sits at third with 581 runs this season and St. Louis ranks fifth with 569.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 473 this season. St. Louis ranks sixth with 398 walks.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 53-20. When the Cardinals hit at least one homer, they have a 48-35 record.