Cardinals vs. Cubs - 4/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (11-3) at St. Louis Cardinals (7-7)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm (Busch Stadium)
K Hendricks (1-1) (2.84) vs. C Martinez (2-0) (3.46)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -125 / Chicago Cubs +115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals early Wednesday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs look to build on their impressive 11-3 start to the season. The Cubs are getting it done with a pitching staff that’s allowed two or less runs in four straight games. The Chicago Cubs have allowed just one run this series and have allowed more than three runs just twice this season. Offensively, Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 18 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 11 RBI and Kris Bryant has two home runs. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 10 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 look to avoid the sweep and get a game above a .500 record. The Cardinals bats have gone silent after such a hot start to the season in which they scored double-digit runs four times in their first 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals are 7-3 this season when topping three runs. Yadier Molina leads St. Louis with 17 hits, Matt Carpenter has 11 RBI and Jeremy Hazelbaker has three home runs. Carlos Martinez takes the hill, and he’s 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 2-0 with a 4.55 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 12-5 in Hendricks' last 17 starts. The Cardinals are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series and 24-7 in Martinezs last 31 starts. The Cardinals are 4-0 in Martinezs last 4 starts vs. Cubs.
The Cardinals don't get swept often, and Martinez is one of the top young pitchers in the game. Not to mention early games like this usually favor the home team. I'll take the home team with the better pitcher for the cheap price.