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Cubs vs. Cardinals - 8/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (60-55) at Chicago Cubs (72-41)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

A Wainwright (9-6) (4.22) vs. J Arrieta (13-5) (2.59)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -182 / St. Louis Cardinals +172 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW/WLS

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series Friday afternoon.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Cardinals have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense continues to be hit or miss, and they’ve split their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 115 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 57 RBI and Matt Holliday has 19 home runs. Adam Wainwright gets the ball, and he’s 9-6 with a 4.34 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. Wainwright is 13-7 with a 3.97 ERA and 178 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

Cubs vs. Cardinals - 8/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs look to build on their impressive 10-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to produce, and they’ve won nine straight games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 121 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 82 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 13 home runs. Jake Arrieta takes the hill, and he’s 13-5 with a 2.59 ERA and 143 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 5-2 with a 2.07 ERA and 70 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 17-7 in their last 24 vs. National League Central and 41-19 in Wainwrights last 60 starts. The Cubs are 22-8 in their last 30 Friday games and 38-14 in Arrietas last 52 starts. The Cardinals are 19-7 in Wainwrights last 26 starts vs. Cubs.

Arrieta has had a few shaky moments recently, but he's nothing like Wainwright, who has allowed a combined 12 runs in his last three starts. Also, the Cubs have a big advantage of being able to sleep in their own beds after such a short turnaround. I like the Cubs to get the job done again behind their ace. 

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