St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 9/29/13
Chicago Cubs (66-95) at St. Louis Cardinals (96-65)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Jeff Samardzija (R) (8-12) (4.334) vs. Adam Wainwright (R) (18-9) (3.009)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -170 / Chicago Cubs +160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-Midwest
The St Louis Cardinals look to enter the postseason with another win over the Cubs.
The Cubs obviously need to revamp their lineup to improve upon a dismal 2013 but where they start is the question with the team needing plenty of help in most areas. Chicago has dropped seven of eleven following a 6-2 loss at St Louis where the arms and bats struggled once again. Edwin Jackson fell to 8-18 with all six runs given up on eight hits and a trio of BB over just 2.2 frames. The offense couldn't keep up with seven hits with the lone run coming on Anthont Rizzo going solo. Jeff Samardzija takes the ball in the season finale versus St Louis Sunday. Samardzija has been all over the map in 2013 but had one of his better outings when he allowed a single run in six innings versus Pittsburgh.
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The Cardinals won the National League Central which was hardly a surprise given their strong hitting and pitching. It was an impressive performance as the Redbirds held off Cincinnati and Pittsburgh down the stretch. With nothing to play for the Cards still performed as if Saturday's contest was life or death with another strong effort from the bats and arms. Adam Wainwright upped his record to 19-9 with a two hit shut out over 5.1 innings pitched and the offense took care of the rest. Matt Holliday went deep and knocked in two while Yadier Molina drove in two more. The Cardinals send Jake Westbrook to the bump against the Cubs for his first start since the middle of August. Westbrook appeared in relief one time since August 21st with three runs allowed in 1.1 innings.
It's arguable how much this game means to either team and my guess is St Louis is more concerned with the postseason. Completely going out on the limb but I am actually looking at the Cubs because I believe is the better hurler...