St Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs NLDS Game One - 10/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (98-65) at St. Louis Cardinals (100-62)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 9, 2015 at 6:45 pm (Busch Stadium)
J Lester (11-12) (3.34) vs. J Lackey (13-10) (2.77)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -105 / Chicago Cubs -105 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The St Louis Cardinals welcome the rival Chicago Cubs to Busch Stadium for game one of their NLDS.
The Chicago Cubs first appearance in the postseason in years was extended when they defeated National League Central rival Pittsburgh 4-0 in the Wild Card. It was just another day at the office for ace Jake Arrieta who allowed four hits and struck out eleven in a complete game performance that gave him a 23-6 record on the season. The Cubbies totaled seven hits and walked twice with Dexter Fowler going 3-4 with a homer and three runs while Kyle Schwarber went 2-3 with a homer and drove in three runs. Left hander Jon Lester gets the ball to open the NLDS at division rival St Louis. Lester has faced the Cardinals five times tis season and given up nine earned runs on 25 hits in 31.1 innings.
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It seems like all we have to do each year is pencil in the St Louis Cardinals as the National League Central champions because they are almost machine like. The Cardinals won 100 games and held off Pittsburgh by two games with the Cubs three games back. Remember this was without ace Adam Wainwright so this was quite a feat although the Cards rotation was still the best in the game with a 2.94 ERA. Tremendous pitching overcame a below average offense that averaged just under four runs and were ranked in the bottom third in homers and stolen bases. No speed or power but ‘just enough’ to win. Veteran John Lackey opens the NLDS on the mound against the visiting Cubs who he opposes for the 4th time in 2015. In those starts Lackey has allowed three runs on 19 hits over 21.2 frames.
Chicago are 10-1 in their last 11 road games and are 1-9 in their last 10 playoff games while going 46-18 in their last 64 overall. St Louis are 8-3 in their last 11 playoff home games and are 80-33 in their last 113 home games while the under is 13-6-1 in their last 20 Friday games. The over is 7-1-1 in their last 9 meetings and Chicago are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in St Louis. This seems like a toss up and I’ll go with the Cubs for now...