St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (90-51) at St. Louis Cardinals (75-67)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
K Hendricks (14-7) (2.02) vs. M Leake (9-9) (4.61)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +133 / Chicago Cubs -143 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling as they travel from Houston to St. Louis to battle the Cardinals in an NL Central show down.
The Cubs have been the class of the NL Central all season long and hold the best record in baseball heading into Monday night’s clash with the Cardinals and while the Cubs have more than enough wiggle room in the division lead you can be sure they would love to make a statement to the home side here with a dominating series. Chicago has all but locked up a postseason berth in the very least but they are looking way beyond that as they are the World Series favourites at the moment and with the roster they possess it is clear to see why. The Cubs will send Kyle Hendricks to the hill here as he will face off against Mike Leake who is 9-9 with a 4.61 ERA so far this season.
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The Cardinals look to close the gap on the Cubs and make the race for the NL Central a little more respectable but their primary focus at the moment is staying atop the wild card hunt in what is quickly becoming a very competitive race. St. Louis has defied the odds a bit this season as many expected them to finish around the .500 mark and out of the playoffs but they continue to prove they are one of the best franchises in the Major League’s and a strong series here against the Cubs could launch them into the World Series conversation.
The Cubs are 22-5 in their last 27 road games against a team with a losing home record, 51-18 in their last 69 series openers, and 2-5 in their last seven road starts while the Cards are 4-0 in their last four Monday games, 5-2 in their last seven against the NL Central, and 1-5 in Leake’s last six home starts. This is Chicago’s world right now and while the Cards may need the win more I think they fall just short in this one.