Date/Time: Monday, June 17, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
MLB Betting Odds: VietBet
Money Line: Chicago (+185) St. Louis (-200)
Total Line: 7.5
Chicago heads into Game 1 of this four-game set against its NL Central Division rivals fresh off a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets this past Sunday as a 101 road underdog. The Cubs won the first two games of that series and they are now 4-4 in their last eight games. Overall, they are 28-29 including a 13-18 record on the road. The total has gone OVER in four of their last seven games.
On paper, the Cubs do not look so bad with a team ERA of 3.90 that is ranked eighth in the National League to complement an offense that is producing an average of 4.05 runs per game. Anthony Rizzo leads the team with 39 RBI and 10 home runs. Chicago will go with Travis Wood as its starter on Monday night. The left-hander is 5-5 this season with a 2.65 ERA. He has posted 12 quality starts in his last 13 outings including one in early May against St. Louis. Wood is 3-2 lifetime against this team with an ERA of 4.71.
The Cardinals lost two of three to Miami this past weekend to fall to 4-4 in their last eight games. At 44-25 overall, they still have the best record in the NL and lead Cincinnati by 2.5 games in the division. St. Louis is 19-12 at home this season and the total has gone OVER in five of its last seven games.
This team has been the complete package through its first 69 games with a pitching staff that is ranked second in the NL with a team ERA of 3.29 and a collection of bats that are hammering out an average of 5.04 runs a game. The biggest bats belong to Allen Craig (51 RBI and six home runs) and Carlos Beltran (44 RBI and 16 home runs). Look for Shelby Miller to get the start for St. Louis in this series opener. The right-hander was tagged for four runs on five hits his last time out to fall to 7-4 on the year. He comes in to this matchup with an overall ERA of 2.21. Miller will be making his first ever start against Chicago on Monday night.
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The Cubs are just 3-8 in Woods last 11 starts in the first game of a new series while St. Louis is 6-1 in Game 1 of its last seven series. Look for these trends to continue as the Cardinals quickly get back to their winning ways with a victory on Monday night.
St. Louis 6 Chicago 3