St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs battle it out on Saturday in game two of their series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are -145 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 9.
The St. Louis Cardinals jumped out to an early lead and played solid defense the rest of the way to grab the win in game one against the Cubs on Friday. Matt Holliday had two hits including a home run, Rafael Furcal had two hits, and Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina added hits as the Cardinals scored four times on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse allowed six hits and a run while striking out four over seven innings for his 10th win of the year and Jason Motte earned his 21st save. For Saturday’s game St. Louis starts Jake Westbrook who has lost his last two starts. For the season Westbrook has allowed 121 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 72 over 113 innings of work for a 3.82 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs had runners on base most of the game on Friday but couldn’t get enough across the plate to get the win. David DeJesus had two hit and Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Bryan LaHair all had hits as the Cubs scored one run on seven hits. Ryan Dempster made what could have been his last start for the Cubs as he allowed seven hits and four earned runs while striking out two over six innings for his fourth loss of the year. For Saturday’s game Chicago starts Matt Garza who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Garza has allowed 88 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 93 over 100.2 innings for a 4.02 ERA.
St. Louis is 5-1 in their last six home games, 2-5 in their last seven games overall, and 2-5 in Westbrook’s last seven home starts. Chicago is 6-2 in their last eight games overall, 4-2 in their last six games as an underdog, and 1-7 in Garza’s last eight road starts. Chicago is 4-11 in their last 15 meetings in St. Louis.
The Cubs aren’t good but with Westbrook going the Cardinals are a lousy bet as well so I’ll take the Cubs and the odds in a game that is just a lean.
Chicago Cubs +125 St. Louis Cardinals