Chicago White Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

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The St. Louis Cardinals will face off against the Chicago White Sox at Busch Stadium. WGN will be airing this interleague matchup and the game is slated to get going at 1:15 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds

St. Louis (-250) is the favorite over Chicago (+225) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 8.5 runs (-115 for the over and -105 for the under). Gamblers can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds standing at +100 for the White Sox +1.5 runs and -120 for the Cardinals -1.5.

The White Sox are just 8-19 SU and have gone 13-13 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.9 units for moneyline gamblers in this young season and 2.8 units ATS. Chicago’s covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 16-12 SU and 14-13 ATS. The team has gained 0.0 units for moneyline bettors while earning 0.1 units ATS. St. Louis has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven outings and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Cardinals games have had an over/under record of 13-12-2 so far in 2018. Chicago has an over/under record of 12-12-2.

The right-handed Lucas Giolito is getting the nod for the visiting White Sox. Giolito is 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA and 11 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cardinals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Cardinals will send righty Carlos Martinez (2-1, 1.43 ERA) to the mound. Martinez has 40 punchouts and 17 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.06. Martinez did not record a start against the White Sox in 2017.

As a unit, St. Louis pitchers have given up 3.7 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.32, a WHIP of 1.24 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.2. The bullpen has a 3.46 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.6 K/9.

St. Louis offense is putting up 4.6 runs per contest, including 4.5 per game over its last 10 games and 2.8 per game over its last five. The team has hit .191/.247/.306 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Right fielder Tommy Pham and shortstop Paul DeJong have led the Cardinals hitters this year. Pham is hitting .337/.445/.533 with four home runs, 11 RBIs, 23 runs and five stolen bases, while DeJong is batting .269 with seven homers, 14 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

Pham did not perform very well against righties at home last year, slashing .257/.377/.355 in 183 such plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .306/.411/.520).

In the other dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 5.27 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 5.46 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.88, along with a K/9 of 9.41.

White Sox hitters have slashed .243/.315/.413 on their way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Chicago’s offense has been powered by Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada, who’ve collectively belted 15 home runs. Davidson is slashing .256/.380/.600 with nine home runs, 18 RBIs and 16 runs scored, while Moncada (.273/.355/.527) has produced six homers, 15 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

Moncada performed well against righty pitching on the road last season, putting up a slash line of .297/.416/.516 across 77 such plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .231/.338/.412).

The White Sox have lost 5.2 units and are 9-9 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to nine that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Cardinals have lost 1.6 units and are 9-10 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in nine of those games, as opposed to eight that’ve cashed the under.

Chicago White Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The White Sox have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cardinals have hit 10 over their last 10.
  • Chicago has averaged 23.7 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 outings and 24.2 over its last five.