Cardinals vs. Cubs - 5/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (29-13) at St. Louis Cardinals (23-21)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 23, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
J Lackey (4-2) (3.31) vs. A Wainwright (4-3) (5.92)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +108 / Chicago Cubs -118 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series Monday night at Busch Stadium.
The Chicago Cubs could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Cubs have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been quiet recently, and they’ve lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 48 hits, Kris Bryant has 31 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 11 home runs. John Lackey gets the nod, and he’s 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. This will be Lackey’s second career game against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Cardinals have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.94 and have lost five of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 57 hits, Matt Carpenter has 32 RBI and Aledmys Diaz has six home runs. Adam Wainwright takes the hill, and he’s 4-3 with a 5.92 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Wainwright is 12-7 with a 3.95 ERA and 170 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 29-8 in their last 37 during game 1 of a series and 40-19 in their last 59 road games. The Cardinals are 2-8 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series and 40-18 in Wainwrights last 58 starts. The Cardinals are 4-0 in Wainwrights last 4 starts vs. Cubs.
The Cubs have been in a minor slump offensively and now have to travel after a late game in San Francisco. Add the fact Wainwright in the mound, and you have to like St. Louis and the plus money.