Carlos Martinez (3-0, 1.73 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (18-6) square off against Travis Wood (2-1, 3.04 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (13-10) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a four-game series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals come into this series hoping to extend a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 4 and can be seen on CSN-CHI, FSN-MW and ESPN.
Martinez is 0-0 with a 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and eight strikeouts against the Cubs. Matt Carpenter (.365, 22 Rs, 4 HRs, 16 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Wood is 5-6 with a 5.18 ERA against the Cardinals in his career. He takes on a quality St. Louis offense that's batting .267. Miguel Montero (.283, 5 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
St. Louis is a -128 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Cardinals have recorded an overall money line of +978 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 14-4. St. Louis is an impressive 7-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Cardinals have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.6 runs per game. They average 4.2 runs per game on the season. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Cardinals, who have a team ERA of only 2.28. The Cardinals are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.12 so far this season.
In the other locker room, Chicago is coming in with an overall money line of +110 and an impressive record of 6-3 as the dog. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 4-2 record against NL Central foes, and a 10-7 record SU. The Cubs are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the NL with 9.2 hits per road game. The Cubs are an excellent base stealing team with 26 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. The Cubs average 3.8 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL Central is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 3.4 against division foes.
Martinez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have an 11-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
The Cardinals sit at 13-4 against their divisional rivals, while the Cubs are 10-7.
When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 6-3, while Chicago is 5-4.
The Cardinals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cubs who are coming in with a 7-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
The Cardinals are coming into the game with six consecutive wins, while the Cubs currently have a losing streak of two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 12-5. The Cubs have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Chicago has earned 94 this season. St. Louis ranks 19th with 99 runs.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 79 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 84.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, the team is 9-2. Chicago has the same record when it hits one or more homers.