Cardinals vs. Cubs - 9/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (92-52) at St. Louis Cardinals (76-68)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm (Busch Stadium)
J Lester (16-4) (2.51) vs. C Martinez (14-7) (3.05)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +126 / Chicago Cubs -136 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals play a rubber game early Wednesday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs have lost back-to-back games just three times since the month of August. The Cubs have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 20 games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been less consistent recently, but they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 162 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 98 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 15 home runs. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he’s 16-4 with a 2.51 ERA and 171 strikeouts this season. Lester is 1-3 with a 2.62 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look for another win after splitting their last 16 games. The Cardinals have scored six runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has been hot the last couple of weeks, and they've won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 144 hits, Yadier Molina has 47 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 19 home runs. Carlos Martinez takes the hill, and he’s 14-7 with a 3.05 ERA and 144 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 3-1 with a 4.71 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 7-1 in their last 8 Wednesday games and 21-7 in Lesters last 28 starts. The Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 Wednesday games and 5-0 in Martinezs last 5 starts. The Cardinals are 5-2 in Martinezs last 7 starts vs. Cubs.
The Cardinals offense continues to produce and that's good enough with Martinez on the hill. You guys know he's one of my favorite pitchers to back when the lines right and in this case we're getting plus money. Considering he's won his last five starts, St. Louis is a solid play here.