Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/26/14
St. Louis Cardinals (54-47) at Chicago Cubs (41-59)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Shelby Miller (R) (7-8) (4.294) vs. Jake Arrieta (R) (5-2) (2.117)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -118 / St. Louis Cardinals +108 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, CSN-CHI
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs meet for game two of their three game series on Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals have all of a sudden lost four straight games and are now losing ground in the NL Central. The reason for the Cardinals struggles has been their offense all season, but now the Cards pitching has allowed a combined 21 runs in their last four games. Overall, the Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.39, which is seventh in the majors. Offensively, the Cardinals have been held to three or less runs in five of their last seven games, and Matt Holliday has homered four times in his last nine games. Shelby Miller takes the hill, and he’s 7-8 with a 4.25 ERA and has 73 strikeouts in 110 innings. Miller is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two career games against the Cubs.
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The Cubs are 2-5 since the All Star break and 17 games below a .500 record. The Cubs pitching staff has really fallen off a cliff since they made that trade with Oakland, as they’ve allowed five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Cubs have an ERA of 3.95, which is 20th in all of baseball. The Cubs have allowed no less than six runs in their last three games. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has a 10-game hitting streak. Starting is Jake Arrieta, who is 5-2 with a 2.12 ERA and has 93 strikeouts in 85 innings. Arrieta is 1-0 with a 0.55 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 0-5 in Millers last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 0-5 in Millers last 5 starts overall. The Cubs are 5-1 in Arrietas last 6 home starts and 5-2 in Arrietas last 7 starts overall.
Not sure what's going on with the Cards, but they seem to go through these stretches every once in a while. The Cubs have probably their best pitcher on the mound right now. Give me the Cubs for the low price.