Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/24/14
St. Louis Cardinals (88-70) at Chicago Cubs (70-88)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
John Lackey (R) (14-9) (3.857) vs. Jake Arrieta (R) (9-5) (2.646)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -111 / St. Louis Cardinals +101 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, CSN-CHI
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs play a rubber game Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last seven games and are holding off the Pittsburgh Pirates for the division lead. The Cardinals pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. overall, the St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.50, which is 10th in the majors, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Matt Holliday has four hits in this series and Matt Adams has a five-game hitting streak. Starting is John Lackey, who is 14-9 with a 3.86 ERA and has 156 strikeouts in 191.1 innings. Lackey is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs have lost four of their last six games and will make this their last home game of the season. The Cubs pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.97, which is 21st in the majors, and they’ve lost 12 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has four hits in this series and Welington Castillo has homered twice in his last three games. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he’s 9-5 with a 2.65 ERA and has 157 strikeouts in 149.2 innings. Arrieta is 1-0 with a 1.21 ERA in four career starts against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in Lackeys last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 in Lackeys last 7 starts overall. The Cubs are 21-43 in their last 64 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Arrietas last 5 home starts overall.
Getting the Cardinals at this price has to be the play considering they're still looking to wrap up the division. Not to mention Lackey has been solid since joining the Cards.