St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, Friday, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS CHICAGO CUBS
46-49, 4th in National League Central July 21, 2:20 PM | Grass of Wrigley Field 49-45, 2nd in National League Central
St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 2:20 PM ET, Friday, July 21, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), ABC 7 (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Carlos Martinez (6-8, 3.36 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Jake Arrieta (9-7, 4.17)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
St. Louis Cardinals [C. Martinez -R]  +1½ -175 +129   Ov 8 -116
Chicago Cubs [J. Arrieta -R]  -1½ +155 -139  Un 8 -104
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Wrigley Field.

The Cardinals have been defeated in Martinez’s last five starts while he took the loss in three of them. The 25-year-old Dominican has posted quality starts in five of his last seven outings, though, including Sunday at Pittsburgh where he allowed two runs over seven innings in a no-decision. Martinez is 4-3 with a 4.16 ERA in 21 games (11 starts) against the Cubs.

Arrieta started the second half with a strong outing at Baltimore on Saturday, holding his former team to two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old has won three of his last five starts, posting a 2.97 ERA over that span. Arrieta is 28-13 with a 2.37 ERA all-time at Wrigley Field, including a 3-1 mark and a 4.01 ERA in six outings this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 139-moneyline favorites versus the Cardinals, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.

The hot streak the Chicago Cubs have waited for all season has finally arrived. The surging Cubs aim for a seventh consecutive victory when they open a three-game series against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Chicago was two games under .500 and 5 1/2 games behind National League Central leader Milwaukee at the All-Star break, but the Cubs have won six straight to start the second half and closed within a game of the Brewers. St. Louis has lost two straight but is just 4 1/2 games behind Milwaukee. Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez looks to continue his strong performance against the Cubs, as he has limited Chicago to three runs over 14 innings in two meetings this season. His counterpart, fellow right-hander Jake Arrieta, has enjoyed success against St. Louis, going 8-3 with a 2.00 ERA in 15 career meetings.

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MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Cubs 3B Kris Bryant is day-to-day with a sprained left pinkie finger and could get a day off Friday, as he is 3-for-22 with 11 strikeouts against Martinez.

2. Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter is 1-for-29 with nine strikeouts against Arrieta, his former college teammate at TCU.

3. St. Louis OF Randal Grichuk, who could return from his rehab stint during the series, is 7-for-19 with two doubles, two home runs, and five RBIs against the Cubs this season.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

St. Louis Cardinals will win outright at -139 and the game will stay under 8 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 4, Cubs 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
STL TEAM CHC
4.49 RUNS 4.71
4.33 RUNS AGNST 4.43
0.17 DIFF 0.29
-$970 MONEY -$1,572
3.86 TEAM ERA 3.97
8.65 OFF HITS 8.29
3.44 OFF WALKS 3.80
8.12 OFF Ks 8.39
8.55 DEF HITS 7.99
3.06 DEF WALKS 3.48
8.34 DEF Ks 8.64
INJURIES
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Matt Holiday OF 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Carpenter OF 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Adams 1B 15-Day Disabled List
Michael Wacha P 15-Day Disabled List
Tyler Louis P 15-Day Disabled List
Mitch Harris P 15-Day Disabled List
Lance Lynn P 60-Day Disabled List
Brayan Pena C 15-Day Disabled List
Jordan Walden P 15-Day Disabled List
Tyler Lyons P 15-Day Disabled List
Aledmys Diaz SS 15-Day Disabled List
Trevor Rosenthal P 15-Day Disabled List
Seth Maness P 15-Day Disabled List
Mike Leake P 15-Day Disabled List
CHICAGO CUBS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Pedro Strop P 15-Day Disabled List
Dallas Beeler P 15-Day Disabled List
Aaron Brooks P 15-Day Disabled List
Zac Rosscup P 60-Day Disabled List
Kyle Schwarber OF 15-Day Disabled List
Christian Villanueva 3B 60-Day Disabled List
Chris Coghlan OF 15-Day Disabled List
Joe Smith P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis’s last 9 games
St. Louis is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
St. Louis is 2-6 SU in their last 8 games when playing Chi Cubs
St. Louis is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
CHICAGO CUBS
Chi Cubs are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
Chi Cubs are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing St. Louis
Chi Cubs are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing St. Louis
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
St. Louis’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.5 11 4.4 5
St. Louis’s Away Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Home Defense 4.6 9 4.7 7
St. Louis’s Road ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Home ERA Allowed 4.5 9 4.4 8
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs St. Louis’s Overall Defense 4.7 7 4.3 3
Chi Cubs’s Home Scoring vs St. Louis’s Road Defense 4.7 7 4.8 10
Chi Cubs’s Home ERA vs St. Louis’s Road ERA Allowed 4.1 6 3.8 12
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
CARDINALS
Cardinals are the highest scoring team in the league at 4.8 runs per game.
Cardinals have the second best hits stat in the league at 9.2 per game.
Cardinals are second best in K’s per game with 6.9.
CUBS
Cubs are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.7 runs per game.
Cubs have the second worst hits stat in the league at 8.1 per game.
Cubs give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.3 per game.

 

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