Cubs vs. Cardinals - 6/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (35-33) at Chicago Cubs (47-20)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
J Garcia (4-6) (3.93) vs. J Lackey (7-2) (2.66)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -160 / St. Louis Cardinals +150 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Monday night at Wrigley Field.
The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Cardinals have allowed 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 4.03 and have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 73 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 32 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 10 home runs. Jaime Garcia gets the ball, and he’s 4-6 with a 3.93 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 2-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to rake, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 70 hits, Ben Zobrist has 41 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 17 home runs. John Lackey takes the hill, and he’s 7-2 with a 2.66 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 9-4 in Garcias last 13 road starts. The Cubs are 10-2 in their last 12 Monday games and 4-0 in Lackeys last 4 starts. The Cardinals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings overall.
Once again, picking against the Cubs right now isn't a wise idea. It's even more foolish with the Cardinals in a slump at the moment and a subpar pitcher in Garcia on the hill. Have to keep riding the money train in the Cubs.