St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/29/14
Chicago Cubs (59-74) at St. Louis Cardinals (71-61)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Kyle Hendricks (R) (5-1) (1.954) vs. Shelby Miller (R) (8-9) (4.293)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -140 / Chicago Cubs +130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSN-MW
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals begin a four-game series Friday at Busch Stadium.
The Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last 11 games and are 15 games below a .500 record. The Cubs pitching staff has held its own during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in eight of their last 13 games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA 3.68, which is 17th in the majors, and they’ve won seven straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has homered three times in his last eight games and Starlin Castro has 14 hits in his last 10 games. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he’s 5-1 with a 1.78 ERA and has 31 strikeouts in 50.2 innings. This is Hendricks’ second career game against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have lost four of their last six games and are 10 games above a .500 record. The Cardinals pitching staff has been disappointing lately, allowing four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. Overall, the St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.64, which is 15th in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Matt Holliday has a nine-game hitting streak and Jon Jay has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Shelby Miller, who is 8-9 with a 4.26 ERA and has 98 strikeouts in 145.2 innings. Miller is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three career games against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 20-8 in their last 28 during game 1 of a series and 4-0 in Hendricks' last 4 road starts. The Cardinals are 0-5 in Millers last 5 home starts and 3-8 in Millers last 11 starts overall. The Cubs are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in St. Louis.
The Cubs have been incredible in the first game of a series, while the Cardinals have been so up-and-down throughout the year. Give me the Cubs and the value here.