The Cardinals are still considered a team that can win the World Series in MLB props and futures while the Cubs are pretty much out of the race.
Betting Major League Baseball is normally a little more popular on Sunday night since the game is on ESPN. The Cubs are at home but it is hard to go against the Cardinals when Carpenter is on the mound. He is 11-3 on the season with a 3.05 ERA. He is 2-1 in his last three starts with a 2.45 ERA. In the last ten seasons against the Cubs he is 10-3 with a 2.73 E|RA.
The Cubs are set to go with Ryan Dempster on Sunday night. He is 8-7 on the season with a 3.70 ERA. He has been a hard luck pitcher this season as the Cubs rarely give him much run support. He didn’t get any help last time out as an error really hurt him against the Astros. Dempster is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA in July. He has not pitched very well in the last ten seasons against the Cardinals going 5-6 with a 4.42 ERA.
Before this series began, the Cardinals had won 12 of the last 20 against the Cubs. The teams met back in late May in Chicago and the Cardinals won two of three with two of those games going over the total for those betting Major League Baseball.
The Cardinals have played very well since the All-Star break and look like the best team in the National League. They have a potent pitching staff led by Adam Wainwright and Carpenter. Albert Pujols leads the offense and the Cardinals are capable of winning any game.
The Cubs are still a public team but they are also a losing team for gamblers. Chicago hasn’t even been able to win more than they lose at Wrigley Field. Chicago is simply overvalued on a regular basis. This will be the last year for manager Lou Piniella so perhaps the Cubs will turn things around next year. It is tough to take them now though with their overpriced lineup.