Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/2/14
St. Louis Cardinals (15-14) at Chicago Cubs (9-17)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Adam Wainwright (R) (5-1) (1.200) vs. Travis Wood (L) (1-3) (3.521)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +148 / St. Louis Cardinals -158 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, CSN-Chicago
The Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals in a National League Central match up on Friday.
The Cardinals are not looking like the best team in the National League Central that many believe they are as the runs have been difficult to come by and the pitching has not been able to win on their lonesome. The Redbirds finally put everything together Wednesday in a 9-3 win over Milwaukee to avoid the sweep with Shelby Miller holding the dangerous Brewers bats to three runs on six hits over six frames. The offense battered Milwaukee for 13 hits and six BB with Matt Adams and Allen Craig slugging homers and driving in three runs each. The Cardinals give Friday's start to ace Adam Wainwright who is shooting for his fourth straight shutout. Wainwright thrown 24 scoreless frames the last three times out with nine hits and five walks allowed.
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The Cubs are at the opposite end of things when discussing contenders in the NL Central and are not picked to do much. Judging from their start the predictions are right as they have struggled at the plate. Not on Wednesday as the bats came to life in a 9-4 thrashing of Cincinnati. Edwin Jackson wasn't at his best with five runs scored in 5.2 innings but four reliever came on and held the Reds scoreless the rest of the way. The bats totaled 13 hits and walked six times with Anthony Rizzo smacking a two run homer and scoring three times while Nate Schierholtz knocked in three. Left hander Travis Wood draws the starting assignment versus St Louis on Friday. Wood struggled last time out in a 5-3 loss at Milwaukee with all five runs plated on seven hits in 5.2 innings.
As good as Wainwright is he has had some trouble with the Cubs. Throw in the fact the runs have been hard to come by and St Louis isn't a rock solid choice. Having said that I'm backing the Redbirds still...