Cubs vs. Cardinals - 9/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (91-54) at Chicago Cubs (85-61)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
L Lynn (11-10) (3.17) vs. D Haren (9-9) (3.87)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -105 / St. Louis Cardinals -105 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Friday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have won four straight when scoring more than three runs. Jason Heyward leads St. Louis with 147 hits and 56 RBI while Jhonny Peralta and Matt Carpenter have combined for 137 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won six of their last nine road games. Lance Lynn gets the ball, and he’s 11-10 with a 3.17 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. Lynn is 6-6 with a 3.99 ERA and 74 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning six of their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Cubs have won seven of their last 10 when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 147 hits and 92 RBI while Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant have combined for 136 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won eight of their last 10 home games. Dan Haren takes the hill, and he’s 9-9 with a 3.87 ERA and 121 strikeouts this season. Haren is 5-3 with a 3.77 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 38-18 in their last 56 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Lynns last 5 road starts. The Cubs are 12-4 in their last 16 during game 1 of a series and 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games. The Cardinals are 2-5 in Lynns last 7 starts vs. Cubs.
The Cubs finally return home, a place where they have been playing lights out baseball. I also have a little more trust in Haren than I do Lynn on the road. Give me the home team in the Chicago Cubs.