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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/14

St. Louis Cardinals (87-68) at Chicago Cubs (69-86)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Adam Wainwright (R) (19-9) (2.455) vs. Travis Wood (L) (8-12) (4.962)

The Line: Chicago Cubs +160 / St. Louis Cardinals -170 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-MW, WGN

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Monday.

The St. Louis Cardinals have won seven of their last nine games and are closing in on a division title. The Cardinals pitching staff has been dialed in, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.50, which is 10th in the majors, and the’ve won 11 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Matt Holliday has hit in eight of his last nine games and Kolten Wong has gotten on base in four straight games. Starting is Adam Wainwright, who is 19-9 with a 2.45 ERA and has 171 strikeouts in 220 innings. Wainwright is 10-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 35 career games against the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/14

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The Chicago Cubs have split their last 10 games and are 18 games below a .500 record. The Cubs pitching staff is coming off a series where they were rocked, allowing 37 runs in four games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.94, which is 21st in the majors, and they’ve lost 15 of their last 17 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has scored a run in six straight games and Luis Valbuena has a five-game hitting streak. Travis Wood takes the hill, and he’s 8-12 with a 4.86 ERA and has 138 strikeouts in 168.2 innings. Wood is 5-5 with a 4.84 ERA in 15 career starts against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 52-24 in Wainwrights last 76 starts overall. The Cubs are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 9-21 in Woods last 30 starts as a home underdog. 

I really don't like laying heavy juice in a baseball game, but it's tough to bet against Wainwright when he's pitching against a team that struggles to score enough as it is. Give me the Cards. 

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St. Louis Cardinals -170

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