Cubs at Cardinals - 10/10/15 NLDS Game Two 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)
Kyle Hendricks vs. Jamie Garcia
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals play game two of the NLDS Saturday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs could use a win here to tie the series up heading back to the Windy City. The Cubs couldn't get anything going in the 4-0 game one loss, as they struck out 10 times and produced only three hits. In two postseason games, Kyle Schwarber leads the Chicago with four hits and three RBI while Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler have combined for five hits. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are a combined 0-14 from the plate in this postseason. The Chicago Cubs pitching staff has shown up, but they need their heavy hitters to wake up before it’s too late. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he’s 8-7 with a 3.95 ERA and 167 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals can take a commanding 2-0 series lead with a victory here. As usual, the Cardinals pitching led the way in the game one victory, as St. Louis allowed just five baserunners. Offensively, Stephen Piscotty and Thomas Pham both homered in the win while Matt Holliday had the only other hit for the Cards. The St. Louis Cardinals have allowed three or less runs in 10 of their last 15 games, and if that continues it’s going to be a long postseason run once again this year. Jaime Garcia takes the hill, and he’s 10-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 35-16 in their last 51 during game 2 of a series and 5-1 in Hendricks' last 6 starts. The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 10-2 in Garcias last 12 starts. The Cubs are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in St. Louis.
The Cubs can't be shutout again, right? Garcia has playoff experience, but he hasn't been great throughout his career. I think the young Cubs will be able to put game one behind them on a quick turnaround and find a way to steal one here.