St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals meet for an afternoon matchup between baseball’s oldest rivals at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals are -150 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Chicago Cubs have a lot of decisions to make this offseason and they are using the remainder of this season to take a long look at some of the players who may or may not be part of their future. The Cubs have lost their last two games, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and 29-33 at home this season. As a team Chicago is hitting .263 led by Starlin Castro at .308, Aramis Ramirez at .297, and Darwin Barney at .294. As a team the Cubs pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.61 with the starters at 5.08 and the bullpen at 3.79. For game one against the Cardinals Chicago starts Randy Wells who has been erratic this season which is typical of his career with the Cubs. For the season Wells has allowed 100 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 51 over 82.1 innings of work.
As disappointing as the 2010 season was for the St. Louis Cardinals the 2011 season has been worse as despite losing Adam Wainwright before the season started the Cards were a team built to contend and for the second consecutive year the team got worse after dealing at the trade deadline. St. Louis is 5-5 in their last 10 games, 34-31 on the road this year, and seven games back in the National League Central with 38 games left to play. As a team St. Louis is hitting .271 led by Matt Holliday at .309, yadier Molina at .297, and Lance Berkman at .294. As a team the Cardinals pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.82 with the starters at 3.89 and the bullpen at 3.67. For game one at Wrigley St. Louis starts Jamie Garcia who is 2-0 against the Cubs this season. For the year Garcia has allowed 159 hits and 58 earned runs while striking out 128 over 152.2 innings of work.
Chicago is 7-2 in their last nine home games, 8-3 in their last 11 against the National League Central, and 3-7 in Wells’ last 10 starts. St. Louis is 5-2 in their last seven road games, 2-5 in their last seven against the N.L. Central, and 4-1 in Garcia’s last five road starts. St. Louis is 6-1 in their last seven meetings with Chicago.
The Cardinals simply own the Cubs and look for Albert Pujols to have a monster day as he usually does at Wrigley.
St. Louis Cardinals -150 Chicago Cubs