Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

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The Chicago Cubs will be taking the field against their division rival St. Louis Cardinals in a Sunday showdown. The action will begin at 2:15 p.m. ET and WGN will be televising the game.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Odds

For anyone who wants to play the moneyline, each team is currently receiving identical odds (-105) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this one at 9.5 runs (-115 for the under and -105 for the over). Gamblers can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at +140 for the Cubs -1.5 runs and -160 for the Cardinals +1.5.

The Cardinals are 29-28 straight up (SU) and 29-27 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 6.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 2.1 units ATS. St. Louis has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the under has cashed in five of those seven. The Cubs are 31-25 SU and have gone 26-29 ATS. In total, the club has gained 1.6 units for moneyline bettors, but have lost 4.0 units ATS. Chicago is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

St. Louis games have an over/under record of 26-26-4 so far in 2019. The Cubs have been a decent over bet with a total record of 31-23-1.

Cole Hamels will get the start for Chicago. The left-handed Hamels is 4-1 with a 4.02 ERA and 60 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cardinals this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (0-1, 1.29 ERA and eight strikeouts over seven innings).

The Cardinals are turning to Adam Wainwright (4-5, 4.94 ERA). Wainwright has 51 strikeouts and 23 walks, along with a WHIP of 1.41. Wainwright is 0-1 with two strikeouts and a 10.80 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.

As a unit, St. Louis’ pitching staff has yielded 4.6 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.47 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.24 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 10.4 K/9. In 26 games against divisional foes, Cardinals starters have an ERA of 4.95 and the bullpen’s ERA is 5.26.

St. Louis’ hitters are putting up 4.9 runs per contest, including 5.2 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .235/.294/.446 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and shortstop Paul DeJong have led the Cardinals’ offense this year. Goldschmidt is slashing .279/.365/.461 with 12 home runs, 27 RBIs and 37 runs scored, while DeJong’s line is .275/.377/.479 with eight homers, 26 RBIs and 41 runs scored.

For the visitors, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 3.86 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.60 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.08, along with a K/9 of 9.00.

The Cubs offense has slashed .255/.346/.459 on its way to 5.2 runs scored per game this season, including 5.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Shortstop Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo have led Chicago’s offense. Baez is slashing .303/.349/.566 with 13 home runs, 34 RBIs and 37 runs scored, while Rizzo (.294/.407/.599) has produced 16 homers, 43 RBIs and 37 runs scored.

The Cubs have lost 1.3 units and are 21-23 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 25 of those games, compared to 19 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Cardinals have lost 4.3 units and are 3-5 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in four of those games, compared to three that went under.

Cubs at Cardinals Free MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in just one of St. Louis’ last seven games.
  • The Cubs have a team OPS of .805 this season and an OPS of .813 against right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS stands at .752 overall and .755 against righties.
  • The Cubs have dropped five of their last six games SU.
  • St. Louis has posted 19.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 19.8 over its last five.
  • The Cubs have hit 25 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cardinals have hit 16 over their last 10.