Cardinals at Cubs - 10/12/15 NLDS Game Three Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (101-62) at Chicago Cubs (98-66)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm (Wrigley Field)
M Wacha (17-7) (3.37) vs. J Arrieta (23-6) (1.70)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -215 / St. Louis Cardinals +190 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs play game three of the NLDS Monday.
The St. Louis Cardinals look to get back home field advantage with a big road win here. The Cardinals pitching staff looks to bounce back after allowing six runs in their game two loss. The Cardinals have 19 strikeouts in the first two games and have walked six batters. Offensively, Stephen Piscotty leads the Cards with three hits while Jason Heyward and Kolten Wong have combined for four hits and one RBI. The Cardinals have scored three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Cardinals have lost six of their last nine road games. Michael Wacha gets the ball, and he’s 17-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 3-3 with a 4.86 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to take a commanding 2-1 series lead with a victory here. The Cubs pitching staff has allowed seven runs in three playoff games and has 31 strikeouts. The Chicago Cubs have allowed three or less runs in 10 of their last 11 games. Offensively, Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with five hits while Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler have combined for six hits and five RBI. The Cubs have won six of their last 10 home games and haven’t played at Wrigley since Sept 28. Jake Arrieta takes the hill, and he’s 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and 236 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 4-1 with a 1.63 ERA and 60 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
What would make you pick against Arrieta? Nothing. We're talking aout a guy who hasn't allowed a run since September 16th, which means four straight starts putting up nothing but zeros. You simply can't fade that.
Wacha is cool and all, but Arrieta is on another planet right now and has to be the pick until he comes back to earth.