St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/26/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (39-33) at St. Louis Cardinals (47-24)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
J Arrieta (7-5) (3.07) vs. J Lackey (6-4) (3.41)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -133 / Chicago Cubs +123 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs face off on Friday at Busch Stadium in game one of their MLB series of NL Central rivals in baseball’s oldest rivalry.
The St. Louis Cardinals have the best record in baseball and are in first place in the National League Central. The Cardinals are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 26-7 at home, and they have a seven game lead on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the standings. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .264 with Jhonny Perlata hitting .305, Yadier Molina hitting .298, and Matt Carpenter hitting .290. As a team the Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.69 with the starters at 2.97 and the bullpen at 2.09. For game one against the Cubbies the Cards start John Lackey who has allowed 88 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 66 over 89.2 innings for a 6-4 record and a 3.41 ERA.
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The Chicago Cubs currently hold the last Wild Card spot in the National League but their lead is very small and there is a lot of baseball yet to be played. The Cubs are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 19-17 on the road, and they are eight games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. As a team the Cubs pitching staf has an ERA of 3.46 with the starters at 3.67 and the bullpen at 3.07. For game one in St. Louis the Cubs start Jake Arrieta who has allowed 78 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 96 over 91 innings for a 7-5 record and a 3.07 ERA.
St. Louis is 41-10 in their last 51 home games, 38-13 as a favorite, and 4-1 in Lackey’s last five starts. Chicago is 0-5 in Friday games, 5-2 against the NL Central, and 4-1 in Arrieta’s last five starts as an underdog. Chicago is 8-20 in their last games in St. Louis.
Lackey is a weak link in the Cardinals rotation and I see the Cubs getting the best of this one.