St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 8/11/13
Chicago Cubs (52-64) at St. Louis Cardinals (66-50)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Edwin Jackson (R) (7-12) (4.960) vs. Joe Kelly (R) (3-1) (1.818)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -200 / Chicago Cubs +185 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The St Louis Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs in National League Central action Sunday.
The Cubs won't be a factor in the National League Central but they are better than we have been accustomed to seeing. Chicago still needs a boost on both the mound and at the plate, but this team isn't a pushover and proved that Saturday in a 6-5 victory at St Louis. The pitching of Carlos Villanueva wasn't great with four runs given up on seven hits and a BB in six frames, but the offense bailed him out. The bats totaled ten hits and walked seven times with Welington Castillo going deep and knocking in two, while Darwin Barney drove in two more. The Cubs send Edwin Jackson to the bump to square off with the Cardinals Sunday. Jackson had reeled off four straight quality starts before allowing seven runs in five innings of a 9-8 defeat to the Phillies.
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It wasn't too long ago that the National League Central looked as if it was the Cardinals to lose annd right now the Redbirds are doing just that. Following Saturday's defeat to the rival Cubs, St Louis has dropped four in a row and seven of eleven overall. In this span, the offense has really struggled in the losses although the pitching was at fault Saturday. Starter Michael Wacha did the job with just two runs plated over five frames, but Trevor Rosenthal was hamered for three runs in only 2/3 of an inning pitched. The St Louis attack made a game of it on nine hits and a base on balls with Matt Holliday leading the way with a pair of long balls and four runs driven in. Joe Kelly is scheduled to take the ball Sunday in the final game of the series against the Cubs. Kelly has come out of the bull pen to make four starts in a row in which he has allowed two runs over 23 frames.
St Louis is tough to get behind right now for obvious reasons, but on paper they have the edge on the mound and at the plate. The problem with that thinking is they are losing these type of games...