St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs meet on Saturday for game two of their series, one of the oldest rivalries in all of sports. The Cardinals are -200 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 8.
The St. Louis Cardinals home opener was delayed by rain and they probably wish they never got it in as they were behind from the outset and ended up on the wrong end of a beat down. Adam Wainwright looked nothing like his old self taking his second loss of the year as he allowed seven hits and eight runs while striking out three over three innings. While the bullpen did its job the rest of the way the deficit Wainwright put the Cardinals in was far too much to overcome. Jon Jay had three hits, and Carlos Beltran and Matt Carpenter had two hits each as the Cards scored five runs on 12 hits. For Saturday’s game St. Louis starts Lance Lynn who was outstanding in his first start this year at Milwaukee. In his last start Lynn allowed two hits and a run while striking out eight over 6.2 innings of work.
The Chicago Cubs bats have awoken as after scoring eight runs at home against Milwaukee on Thursday they put nine on the board on Friday in St. Louis. Bryan LaHair had a grand slam home run, Ian Stewart had a three run home run and scored twice, and Starlin Castro had three hits and scored twice as the Cubs scored nine times on 10 hits. Jeff Samardzija had his second solid start in a row and second win as he allowed 10 hits and five runs while striking out five over five innings while Carlos Marmol shut the door in the ninth inning in a non-save situation. For Saturday’s game Chicago starts Chris Volstad who had a no decision in his first start against Milwaukee. In his last outing Volstad allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out six over five innings of work.
St. Louis is 4-1 in their last five games as a home favorite, 6-3 in their last nine games against the N.L. Central, and 41-20 in their last 61 games against a right handed starter. Chicago is 4-9 in their last 13 games overall, 1-4 in their last five game two of a series, and 2-5 in their last seven against the N.L. Central. Chicago is 3-7 in their last 10 games in St. Louis.
This is just a monster number on the Cardinals making this game almost unplayable but the only play here is to go with the Cardinals to bounce back and win.
St. Louis Cardinals -200 Chicago Cubs