Michael Wacha (9-3, 2.85 ERA) and Donn Roach (first start) start in the second of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (49-24) and the Chicago Cubs (39-33) at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 3-2 and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 27 and can be seen on FOX.
Wacha is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts against the Cubs. Kris Bryant (.277, 40 Rs, 10 HRs, 43 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for St. Louis and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, St. Louis has a record of 19-8 SU. Opposing offenses have been stifled by the Cardinals, who have a team ERA of only 2.67. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Cardinals, who rank fifth in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.0.
The Cubs are 17-14 against teams in their division. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cubs are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.19 for the season. The Cubs have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.7 strikeouts per game.
The Cardinals have controlled the season series, 5-2. The Cardinals have a 7-9 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Wada takes the mound. Wacha (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have a 33-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
The Cardinals sit at 20-8 against their divisional rivals, while the Cubs are 17-15.
Chicago has won 52% (16-15) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, St. Louis has won 72% (21-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Cardinals need to step it up. The Cubs have a record of 21-5 when opponents get six hits or fewer.
It looks like the Cardinals have a slight leg up on the Cubs, as the Cardinals have won their last four games while the Cubs have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 33-8. The Cubs have a 26-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the bottom half of the league based on total runs this season, St. Louis ranks 18th with 297 runs and Chicago is 19th with 293.
Ranking 10th, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 225 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with 240.
The Cardinals are 31-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 25-15 when they hit at least one homer.