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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 9/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (80-72) at Chicago Cubs (97-55)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

M Leake (9-10) (4.54) vs. J Arrieta (17-7) (2.96)

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

TV: FSMW, WLS, ESPN

Over at Wrigley Field on Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs will be meeting to kick off their weekend MLB series. 

The Cardinals are coming out of an early-week series against the Rockies. St. Louis won the first two games of that set, but dropped the finale 11-1. 

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 9/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As for the Cubs, they just played the Reds this week, and swept all three games. 

Pitching for the Cardinals on Friday will be RHP Mike Leake. In his 28 games and 9-10 record this year, Leake owns a 4.54 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP in 168.1 innings. Leake put up a no-decision his last time out against the Giants, going six innings with seven hits and two earned. 

St. Louis holds a few noteworthy bats in their lineup. Stephen Piscotty has hit 148 times with 80 runs, 21 homers and 81 RBI. Yadier Molina is still going with 147 hits, 50 runs and 49 RBI. Matt Carpenter sits on 122 hits with 77 runs and 62 RBI. 

Over on the Cubs’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Jake Arrieta in the starting role Friday. Across 29 starts and a 17-7 record, Arrieta owns a 2.96 ERA With a 1.06 WHIP in 185.1 innings. Arrieta took a loss against the Brewers his last time out, going six innings with four hits and three earned. 

Chicago has some great bats in their order as well. Kris Bryant has logged 170 hits with 117 runs, 38 hoers and 99 RBI. Anthony Rizzo holds 161 hits with 89 runs, 31 homers and 104 RBI. Ben Zobrist sits on 133 hits with 88 runs and 68 RBI. 

The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last five road games, and 4-1 in their last five overall. St. Louis is also 5-2 in Leake’s last seven road starts, and 2-5 in Leake’s last seven starts during game one of a series. 

As for Chicago, they’re 27-9 in their last 36 Friday games, and 10-3 in their last 13 versus a team with a winning record. The Cubs are also 38-15 in their last 53 overall and 51-21 in their last 72 home games. 

This should be a great series, another in a very long line. For this opener, however, I’ll take Arrieta and the Cubs to get the win.

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