Cubs vs.Cardinals - 4/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (1-0) at Chicago Cubs (0-1)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
L Lynn (0-0) (0.00) vs. J Arrieta (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -111 / St. Louis Cardinals +101 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will face off in the last game of their series at Wrigley Field this Wednesday afternoon after their Tuesday game was postponed due to weather.
The St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful and consistent teams in baseball let everyone in the AL Central know that they are still the team to beat with a great 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs this past Sunday night. Adam Wainwright was solid in his first outing of the season going 6 innings while giving up no runs or walks on just 5 hits. The Cardinals bullpen was solid in the victory as they combined for 3 innings of no hit ball and their dominant closer, Trevor Rosenthal, struck out the side in the 9th to secure the victory. Leading the way for St. Louis at the plat was new comer Jason Heyward, who the Cardinals acquired form the Atlanta Braves this offseason, who went 3 for 5 with a run scored. Matt Carpenter and Matt Holiday also pitched in with 2 hits apiece.
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The Chicago Cubs have to be disappointed with their performance in their openers as expectations for the Cubbies haven’t been this high in a very long time. Jon Lester, who the Cubs signed for a heavy price over the offseason, looked nothing like the “ace” they hoped they got in his first start for Chicago as he last only 4.1 innings, while giving up 3 earned runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. Joe Maddon and the Cubs bullpen did a great job keeping Chicago in the game as 5 pitchers went 4.2 innings giving up just 2 hits and no runs, however, the offensive couldn’t get the key hit to get any runs across the board as they went 0-13 with runners in scoring position. Offensively, the Cubs were only able to muster up 5 hits and just 1 walk on the night and were led by David Ross who went 1 for 2 with a double.
The Cardinals are 8-1 in their last 9 games when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game however, just 2-8 in their last 10 road games vs. a right handed starter. The Cubs are 4-0 in Arrietas last 4 home starts and 8-3 in their last 11 games following an off day.
The St. Louis Cardinals will send Lance Lynn to the mound on Tuesday. Lynn is coming off his best season in the majors as he went 15-10 with an impressive 2.74 ERA. The Cubs will need to be ready for Lynn’s fastball as although it might not be up in the high 90’s, he can locate it well and throw it more than 80% of the time last year which led starting pitchers last year. The Cubs will send Jake Arrieta to the mound who is coming off a season in which he went 10-5 with a 2.53 ERA. Arrieta who started the season on the disable list last year will look to continue the success he found with the Cubs last year as at points, he looked as dominant as any pitcher in the National League.
The Cubs have to be disappointed with how they performance in front an excited home crowd this past Sunday and I expect that the offensive will be able to sit on some of the Lynn’s fastballs and do some damage. I expect Arrieta to start off the season well and that Cubs start to show way many people feel that they could be the team to beat in the AL Central this year. I’m taking the Cubs in this one.