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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 8/9/13

Chicago Cubs (50-64) at St. Louis Cardinals (66-48)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Chris Rusin (L) (1-1) (3.984) vs. Lance Lynn (R) (13-5) (3.776)

St. Louis Cardinals -191 / Chicago Cubs +181 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


The Chicago Cubs visit the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, hoping to add to St. L's recent woes.

The Los Angeles Dodgers pasted the Cards 5-1, breaking up a tie game with a three-run home run. St. Louis squared things, momentatily, during the fourth off of David Freese's RBI-single. The Cardinals, however, were 0-of-4 with Runners In Scoring Position, Jon Jay alone 0-of-3. LA, conversely, was 3-of-11.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 8/9/13

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On Thursday, Chicago dropped a rubber match 12-1 at the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cubs were outhit 14-6, including by five with Runners In Scoring Position. Chicago stranded 11 base runners. Nate Schierholtz's solo HR was the only damage delivered by the Cubs in Philadelphia.

Chris Rusin (1-1, 3.98 ERA) is sent out by Chicago next. Rusin's first three trips were on the road in the last two Cubs victories. Rusin won 4-2 at the Arizona Diamondbacks, conceding two runs during five innings. Also in July at the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, Rusin gave up three and zero runs during 3.1 and 10 frames.


Rusin will need to do his best to duplicate the SF start because Lance Lynnn (13-5, 3.78 ERA) is a beast. Lynn shouldn't repeat his July 13 performance at Chicago when he was roughed up for six runs during 4.1 innings of 6-4 loss. Lynn won his previous outing with the Cubs 2-1 at Busch Stadium, surrendering a run during six frames, however fell 2-1 May 7, seeing in two runs during seven innings.

Overall at Busch this year, Lynn is 8-1, stumbling only to the San Diego Padres 5-3, conceding four runs during five frames. In Lynn's home wins, the opposition worked in 11 runs during 54 innings. Chicago is 26-of-110 with a dozen RBIs against Lynn, three apiece belonging to Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, St. L holds serve.

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