Cardinals vs. Cubs - 9/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (79-57) at St. Louis Cardinals (87-50)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm (Busch Stadium)
J Lester (9-10) (3.59) vs. C Martinez (13-7) (2.87)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -122 / Chicago Cubs +112 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have won five of their last seven when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 141 hits and 87 RBI while Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant have combined for 127 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have split their last eight road games. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he’s 9-10 with a 3.59 ERA and 169 strikeouts this season. Lester is 1-2 with a 2.10 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Cardinals have scored six runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have won six of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Jhonny Peralta leads St. Louis with 141 hits and 60 RBI while Jason Heyward and Kolten Wong have combined for 105 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost six of their last 10 home games. Carlos Martinez takes the hill, and he’s 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA and 161 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 1-0 with a 4.95 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 12-5 in their last 17 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Lesters last 7 starts. The Cardinals are 5-11 in their last 16 during game 3 of a series and 24-8 in Martinezs last 32 starts. The Cubs are 9-23 in the last 32 meetings in St. Louis.
The Cards are in a bit of a funk here and are in a surprising losing stretch at home as well. However, the Cardinals are still at home and have one of my favorite pitchers on the mound. I expect St. Louis to get back on track on a short turnaround.