Cardinals vs. Cubs - 5/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (29-14) at St. Louis Cardinals (24-21)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Busch Stadium)
J Hammel (5-1) (2.31) vs. M Wacha (2-4) (4.03)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +101 / Chicago Cubs -111 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals play game two of their series Tuesday night on ESPN.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. The Chicago Cubs offense has gone ice cold recently, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 12 games when scoring three or less runs. Ben Zobrist leads Chicago with 50 hits, Kris Bryant has 31 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 11 home runs. Jason Hammel gets the ball, and he’s 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 3-3 with a 5.26 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Cardinals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has been rolling recently, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 57 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 24 RBI and Matt Carpenter has nine home runs. Michael Wacha takes the hill, and he’s 2-4 with a 4.03 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 3-3 with a 4.86 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 40-16 in their last 56 during game 2 of a series and 6-1 in Hammels last 7 starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in Wachas last 5 starts. The Cubs are 17-35 in the last 52 meetings in St. Louis.
The Cubs have cooled off big time and are facing a Cardinals team that always finds ways to hang in games and doesn't beat themselves. At home and the plus money, I'm going to side with the Cards.