The St. Louis Cardinals will be squaring off against their divisional foe Chicago Cubs. The game gets underway 2:20 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will be airing the matchup.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Odds
The Cardinals are 88-67 SU and are 81-73 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 6.3 units for moneyline bettors and 5.8 units ATS. St. Louis is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 82-73 SU and 74-80 ATS. The team has lost 6.3 units for moneyline bettors and 5.7 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.
Chicago games have had an over/under record of 70-73-11 in 2019. The Cardinals have been a solid under bet with a total record of 61-81-12.
The right-handed Miles Mikolas will get the nod for the visiting Cardinals. Mikolas is 9-14 with a 4.29 ERA and 140 strikeouts. He’s 0-2 with 10 strikeouts and a 2.16 ERA against Chicago this year (three starts).
The Cubs are turning to Yu Darvish (6-7, 4.02 ERA). Darvish has 217 strikeouts and 56 walks, along with a 1.11 WHIP. Darvish is 0-1 with 19 strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA across three starts against St. Louis this year.
St. Louis’ pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.80 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.97 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.79, along with a K/9 of 9.82.
Cardinals hitters have slashed .246/.324/.414 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).
St. Louis’ hitters have been paced by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and second baseman Kolten Wong. Goldschmidt is hitting .256/.345/.466 with 31 home runs, 91 RBIs and 91 runs scored, while Wong has a .285 average with 11 homers, 59 RBIs, 61 runs and 24 stolen bases.
In the home-team dugout, Chicago’s pitchers have given up 4.4 runs per game overall in 2019. The team’s starters have a 4.12 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.90 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 69 divisional games, Cubs starters have an ERA of 4.00 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.04.
The Chicago offense has produced 5.1 runs per outing, including 5.1 per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .202/.280/.369 over its last five matchups and is 0-5 SU during that stretch.
Third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Javier Baez have led the charge for the Cubs’ batters this year. Bryant is hitting .282/.381/.522 with 31 home runs, 77 RBIs and 108 runs scored, while Baez’s line sits at .281/.316/.531 with 29 homers, 85 RBIs and 89 runs.
The Cardinals have gained 9.0 units and are 68-56 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 46 of those games, compared to 71 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Cubs have netted 1.2 units and are 61-61 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 57 of those games, compared to 56 that’ve cashed the under.
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – OVER
Both teams have tallied 17 extra-base hits over their last five games.
Chicago has posted 27.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 17.0 over its last five.
The Cardinals have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit 20 over their last 10.
The Cardinals have a team OPS of .738 this season and an OPS of .738 against right-handed pitchers. The Cubs’ OPS stands at .788 overall and .797 versus righties.