Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/25/14
St. Louis Cardinals (54-47) at Chicago Cubs (41-58)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Joe Kelly (R) (2-1) (2.842) vs. Travis Wood (L) (7-9) (5.120)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +115 / St. Louis Cardinals -125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, WGN
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Friday.
The Cardinals are 2-3 since the All Star break and seven games above a .500 record. The lack of offensive production continues to kill the Cardinals, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in five of their last six games. Matt Holliday has homered three times in his last eight games and Jhonny Peralta has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Cardinals have an ERA of 3.39, which is seventh in the majors. Joe Kelly takes the mound, and he’s 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and has 16 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. Kelly is 3-2 with a 2.19 ERA in eight career games against the Cubs.
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The Cubs are 1-5 since the All Star break and 18 games below a .500 record. While the Cubs offense has been brutal for much of the season, it’s their pitching staff that has allowed 21 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Cubs have an ERA of 3.90, which is 19th in the majors. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has a nine-game hitting streak and Luis Valbuena has four RBI in his last two games. Starting is Travis Wood, who is 7-9 with a 5.12 ERA and has 92 strikeouts in 116 innings. Wood is 5-5 with a 4.99 ERA in 13 career starts against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in Kellys last 5 starts as a road favorite and 14-6 in Kellys last 20 starts overall. The Cubs are 5-2 in Woods last 7 home starts and 7-18 in Woods last 25 starts as a home underdog. The Cubs are 3-7 in Woods last 10 starts vs. Cardinals, while the Cardinals are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
The Cubs have just been playing some ugly baseball lately. Take the Cards for cheap.