Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (60-56) at Chicago Cubs (73-41)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Wrigley Field)
M Leake (8-9) (4.79) vs. J Lackey (9-7) (3.56)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -194 / St. Louis Cardinals +183 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
On Sunday evening, we’ve got a nationally-televised rivalry game in the MLB with the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
This will be game four of the set. The Cubs eked out a 4-3 win on Thursday and a 13-2 blowout Friday. On Saturday, the Cardinals stopped the bleeding with an 8-4 victory.
USA TODAY Sports
Taking the mound for the Cardinals on Sunday will be RHP Mike Leake. Over his 23 starts and 8-9 record this year, Leake owns a 4.79 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP in 139 innings. His last time out in a no-decision against the Reds, Leake gave up three earned on six hits with six innings pitched.
The Cardinals have a few big hitters in their order this year. Stephen Piscotty has logged 117 hits with 64 runs, 16 homers and 62 RBI. Aldemys Diaz has 110 hits with 64 runs and 57 RBI. Yadier Molina sits on 108 hits with 50 runs and 35 RBI so far.
Over on the Cubs’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP John Lackey on the hill Sunday. Across 23 starts and a 9-7 record this year, Lackey owns a 3.56 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP in 151.2 innings. Lackey got a win his last time out, going eight innings against the Angels with three hits and one earned.
The Cubs aren’t hurting for hitters, either. Kris Bryant has logged 124 hits with 88 runs, 28 homers and 72 RBI. Anthony Rizzo sits on 118 hits with 70 runs and 82 RBI alongside 24 homers. Ben Zobrist has put up 107 hits with 69 runs and 57 RBI.
The Cardinals are 0-4 in their last four Sunday games, and 4-1 in Leake’s last five Sunday starts. St. Louis is also 3-7 in Leake’s last 10 starts overall, and 1-4 in Leake’s last five starts with four days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 4-1 in their last five Sunday games, and 11-3 in their last 14 game fours of a series. Chicago is also 7-3 in Lackey’s last 10 starts following a quality start in his previous appearance, and 1-4 in Lackey’s last five starts against the National League Central.
The Cubs are humming right now, so I’ll take Chicago to get this very important series-ending win at home, despite the Cards' big victory Saturday.