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

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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS CHICAGO CUBS
47-49, 4th in National League Central July 22, 4:05 PM | Grass of Wrigley Field 49-46, 2nd in National League Central
St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 4:05 PM ET, Saturday, July 22, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (11-5, 5.08 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jon Lester (6-6, 4.07)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
St. Louis Cardinals [A. Wainwright -R]  +1½ -160 +141 Ov 8½ -110
Chicago Cubs [J. Lester -L]  -1½ +140 -151 Un 8½ -110
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The division rival St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs are set to renew hostilities on Saturday when they meet at Wrigley Field.

Adam Wainwright will be the starting pitcher for the Cardinals on this day. Right hander Wainwright is 11-5 this season with a 5.08 ERA.

It’ll be Jon Lester toeing the rubber for the Cubs in this contest. Left hander Lester is 6-6 with a 4.07 ERA so far this season.

Wainwright has won his last four starts and owns three quality starts in his last five outings. The 35-year-old beat the New York Mets last time out, allowing three runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Wainwright is 14-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 42 games (33 starts) against the Cubs and has split a pair of decisions against them this season.

After allowing 10 runs (four earned) and failing to get out of the first inning in his final start before the All-Star break, Lester threw a gem to start the second half. The 33-year-old held Atlanta to one run and three hits over seven innings on Monday to snap a two-start losing streak. Lester is 3-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 12 starts against the Cardinals but is winless in three meetings this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 151-moneyline favorites versus the Cardinals, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

The Chicago Cubs’ six-game winning streak came crashing down in epic fashion, but the defending World Series champions will try to start a new run when they host the St. Louis Cardinals for the second of a three-game series Saturday. The Cubs didn’t lose any ground in the tightening National League Central race and remain one game behind Milwaukee, while the Cardinals closed within 3 1/2 of the Brewers.

The Cardinals scored nine runs with no outs in the eighth inning Friday to rally for an 11-4 win and snap the Cubs’ streak. It was a rare meltdown for Chicago’s bullpen, as the Cubs dropped to 43-3 when leading after seven innings. “You can’t open another can of pitchers,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters. “When you get behind like that, there’s tomorrow to be concerned with and also Sunday.” Chicago looks to left-hander Jon Lester for a deep outing Saturday to preserve that bullpen, which needed three pitchers in the eighth inning alone.

In their last action, Chicago was a 11-4 loser on the road against the Cardinals. Bettors on St. Louis at 124 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (15) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 11-4 winner as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at 124 were rewarded, while the 15 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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St. Louis:
Team record: 47-49 SU
St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis’s last 10 games
St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

Chicago:
Team record: 49-46 SU
Chi Cubs is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Chi Cubs is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis at Chicago Sunday, July 23

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. The Cubs have allowed seven or more runs in an inning in three of their last five home games, including two straight.

2. St. Louis OF Randal Grichuk went 2-for-4 with a home run in his return from the disabled list Friday and is 9-for-23 with two doubles and three homers against the Cubs this season.

3. Cubs C Willson Contreras is batting .364 with four doubles, five home runs, and 12 RBIs in 14 games this month.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

St. Louis Cardinals will win outright at -151 and the game will go over 8½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cubs 5, Cardinals 4 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
STL TEAM CHC
4.56 RUNS 4.71
4.32 RUNS AGNST 4.49
0.24 DIFF 0.21
-$846 MONEY -$1,706
3.84 TEAM ERA 4.04
8.68 OFF HITS 8.33
3.49 OFF WALKS 3.77
8.13 OFF Ks 8.37
8.58 DEF HITS 8.02
3.04 DEF WALKS 3.53
8.31 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 10 games
St. Louis is 3-6 SU in their last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs
St. Louis is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
CHICAGO CUBS
Chi Cubs are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games at home
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games at home
Chi Cubs are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games when playing St. Louis
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
St. Louis’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.6 11 4.5 7
St. Louis’s Away Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Home Defense 4.7 8 4.8 9
St. Louis’s Road ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Home ERA Allowed 4.5 9 4.3 9
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs St. Louis’s Overall Defense 4.7 8 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 4.2 8 4.0 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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