Chicago Cubs vs. St Louis Cardinals NLDS Game Two - 10/10/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (98-65) at St. Louis Cardinals (100-62)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 5:37 pm (Busch Stadium)
J Garcia (10-6) (2.43) vs. K Hendricks (8-7) (3.95)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -135 / Chicago Cubs +120 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and the St Louis Cardinals continue their NLDS at Busch Stadium Saturday.
The Chicago Cubs seemed to have momentum on their side after their Wild Card victory at Pittsburgh. However their offense never got going in a 4-0 loss in the NLDS opener at Busch Stadium. Starter Jon Lester threw the ball well with three runs plated on five hits while striking out nine over 7.1 frames which was not good enough. The Cubbies managed just three hits and a pair of walks with Kyle Schwarber going 2-3 with a walk while Addison Russell rapping a single. The Cubs will be looking to even their series at St Louis when Kyle Hendricks takes the ball Saturday in game two. Hendricks comes in to the postseason riding back to back shutouts with three hits allowed in 12 frames.
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The St Louis Cardinals won 100 games this season and are accustomed to winning close games behind an above average rotation and just enough offense. That was what we saw in Friday’s NLDS opener with great work on the mound leading the way. Starter John Lackey was outstanding with a two hit shutout through 7.1 innings to pick up the victory. The Redbirds offense mustered six hits and a BB with Stephen Piscotty going deep with a pair of RBI’s and two runs while Thomas Pham blasted a solo homerun. Left hander Jaime Garcia toes the rubber in game two of the NLDS versus the rival Cubs Saturday. Garcia has been stingy in 20 starts this year with a 10-6 record and 2.43 ERA.
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 going 11-5 in their last 16 Saturday games. The over is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings and the Cubs are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in St. Louis. I’m going with the Cardinals who find ways to win…