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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/12/14

Chicago Cubs (12-23) at St. Louis Cardinals (18-19)

MLB Baseball: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Travis Wood (L) (2-4) (4.752) vs. Tyler Lyons (L) (0-2) (3.500)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -166 / Chicago Cubs +156 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs face off on Monday at Busch Stadium in one of he oldest rivalries in all of sports.

The St. Louis Cardinals are back at .500 for the season after avoiding the sweep and winning in Pittsburgh on Sunday Night. The Cardinals are 7-5 at home this season, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are five games behind the Brewers in the National League Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .247 with Matt Adams hitting .312, Yadier Molina hitting .300, and Matt Holliday hitting .285. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.08 with the starters at 2.80 and the bullpen at 3.71. For game one against the Cubs the Cards start Tyler Lyons who is still looking for his first win this year. For the season Lyons has allowed 16 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 21 over 21 innings for a 0-2 record and a 3.43 ERA.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/12/14

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The Chicago Cubs are once again having a tough year as they sit in last place in the NL Central. The Cubs are 5-13 on the road, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last three games. As a team the Cubs are hitting .227 with Emilio Bonifacio is hitting .293, Anthony Rizzo is hitting .285, and Starlin Castro is hitting .282. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.74 with the starters at 3.66 and the bullpen at 3.91. For Monday’s game the Cubs start Travis Wood who is coming off of a loss in his last start. For the season Wood has allowed 48 hits and 22 earend runs while striking out 40 over 41.2 innings for a 2-4 record and a 4.75 ERA.

St. Louis is 5-2 at home against a left-handed starter, 45-19 in their last 64 hem games, and 1-8 in Lyons’ last nine starts. Chicago is 16-38 in their last 54 games, 7-22 as a road underdog, and 0-5 in Woods’ last five road starts. Chicago is 3-8 in their last 11 games against St. Louis.

Lyons can’t buy a win and it’s hard to see how the Cards are this big of a price here so I am going with the value with Wood and the Cubs.

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