Once upon a time not all that long ago the St. Louis Cardinals were a perennial favorite over the Chicago Cubs. Late it has been the Cubs instead of the Redbirds have impressed gamblers. St. Louis last made the post season in 2015. While the Cubs are coming off four consecutive playoff appearances. But the Cardinals have responded to manager Mike Shildt since he took over midway through last season. Accordingly, St. Louis has become a strong baseball odds today value. Now the question is if they are good enough to overcome the Cubs for Central Division supremacy.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
Date and Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 4:05 p.m. ET
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois.
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Now leading the National League Central is St. Louis with a record of 19-10. The Redbirds have won nine of their last ten games. Overall the Cardinals rank fourth for run production and 14th for staff earned run average. Chicago is second in the NL Central with a record of 15-12. The Cubs have won six of their last eight games with six of those tilts gong over the total. Subsequently Chicago ranks third for run production and 12th for staff ERA.
Starting Pitchers and Bullpen
Right hander Michael Wacha (2-0, 4.78 ERA) will get the start for St. Louis. Additionally, the Cardinals bullpen has been an asset for baseball odds today. St. Louis ranks eighth for bullpen ERA. Jordan Hicks has nine saves and a 2.13 ERA for the Redbirds. By contrast right hander Kyle Hendricks (1-4, 5.53 ERA) is the probable starter for the Cubs. Chicago ranks a disappointing 16th for bullpen ERA.
Javier Baez has powered the Cubs lineup with seven doubles, nine home runs, and 22 runs batted in. In the same way Wilson Contreras has six doubles and seven home runs for the Cubs. Compared to that is Marcell Ozuna of the Cardinals with 10 home runs and 28 runs batted in. Paul Delong is hitting .342 with 14 doubles and five home runs as a key sports betting asset for St. Louis.
St. Louis and Chicago vs. Odds
Late on the Cardinals have won only six of their last 15 away games. Five of their last seven away matchups went over the total. By contrast the Cubs have won six of their last nine at Wrigley Field. Four of their last six in that role have gone under the total.
Redbirds and Cubbies Head to Head vs. Spread
Wrigley Field has been a house of horrors for the Cardinals. To illuminate the Cubs have won 15 of their last 20 home games against St. Louis. Only one of the last 10 tilts between these teams at Wrigley Field have gone over the total.
Matchup to Watch
In this situation home field looks like the baseball odds today matchup advantage for the Cubs. While this looks like a much-improved Cardinals team they are yet to prove they can win at Wrigley Field.
Cardinals vs. Cubs MLB Betting Odds Picks
In sum the Cubs are the proven choice in this one.
Cardinals vs. Cubs MLB Betting Online Pick: Chicago Cubs
Cardinals vs. Cubs MLB Betting Online Score Prediction: Cubs 5, Cardinals 3
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