Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (60-55) at Chicago Cubs (72-41)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Luke Weaver (0-0) (0.00) vs. K Hendricks (11-7) (2.10)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -225 / St. Louis Cardinals +207 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WLS, FSMW
Coming up on Saturday from Wrigley Field in Chicago, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cubs will be renewing their historic rivalry.
This will be game three of the set. In Thursday’s opener, the Cubs eked out a 4-3 victory. On Friday, Chicago embarrassed the Cardinals 13-2.
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Pitching for the Cardinals on Saturday will be RHP Luke Weaver. This will be Weaver’s MLB debut, as he was called up this week. Weaver has been cruising in the minors this year, logging a stellar 1.30 ERA with a 0.928 WHIP in 83 innings.
St. Louis has some pretty nice hitters for backup on offense. Stephen Piscotty has logged 116 hits with 63 runs, 16 homers and 62 RBI. Aldemys Diaz is sitting on 110 hits with 64 runs, 14 homers and 57 RBI. Yadier Molina holds 106 hits with 40 runs and 35 RBI so far.
Over on the Cubs’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Kyle Hendricks on Saturday. In his 22 games (21 starts) in 2016, Hendricks has put forth an 11-7 record with a 2.17 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 133 innings. In his last start, Hendricks put up a win with 7.1 innings, three hits and one earned against Oakland.
The Cubs aren’t hurting for hitters, either. Kris Bryant has put up 124 hits with 88 runs, 28 homers and 72 RBI. Anthony Rizzo has popped 117 hits with 70 runs, 24 homers and 82 RBI. Ben Zobrist has hit 105 times with 67 runs, 13 homers and 57 RBI of his own.
The Cardinals are 8-3 in their last 11 games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15, and 5-3 in their last eight road games versus a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600. St. Louis is also 1-6 in their last seven road games, and 17-9 in their last 26 against the National League Central.
As for the Cubs, they’re 6-0 in their last six game threes of a series, and 21-6 in their last 27 overall. Chicago is also 41-15 in their last 56 against the NL Central, and 66-27 in their last 93 home games.
This should be an interesting pitching duel, so I’m going with the under here. I’ll give the experienced Hendricks and the at-home Cubs a slight edge, however.