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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14 Game One

Chicago Cubs (60-74) at St. Louis Cardinals (71-62)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Tsuyoshi Wada (L) (4-1) (2.562) vs. Justin Masterson (R) (6-8) (5.775)

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

TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-MW

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals play game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.

The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last seven games and are 14 games below a .500 record. The Cubs pitching staff continues to carry the way, allowing three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.70, which is 18th in the majors, and they’ve won eight straight games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Luis Valbuena has homered four times in his last eight games. Felix Doubront takes the hill, and he’s 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA and has 43 strikeouts in 59.1 innings. This is Doubront’s first career game against the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14 Game One

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The St. Louis Cardinals have lost five of their last seven games and are nine games above a .500 record. The Cardinals lack of offense continues to catch up to them, scoring three or fewer runs in five straight games. The Cards have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Matt Holliday has a 10-game hitting streak and Jhonny Peralta has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.64, which is 16th in the majors. Starting is Justin Masterson, who is 6-8 with a 5.88 ERA and has 110 strikeouts in 121 innings. This is Masterson’s first career game against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 3-12 in their last 15 during game 2 of a series and 23-47 in their last 70 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cardinals are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. National League Central. 

There's no line to this game just yet, but I'm assuming the Cards are going to be a favorite. I just don't like the way St. Louis has been playing lately and think there's value to the Cubs. 

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