Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 9/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (80-72) at Chicago Cubs (97-55)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Alex Reyes (3-1) (1.03) vs. J Hammel (15-9) (3.56)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -133 / St. Louis Cardinals +123 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming our way on Saturday in MLB action from Wrigley Field, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs will be renewing their rivalry.
In Friday’s opener of this series, the Cubs secured a dominant 5-0 victory.
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Taking the mound for the Cardinals on Saturday will be RHP Alex Reyes. In his 10 games, three starts and 3-1 record, Reyes has put up a 1.03 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP in 35 innings. Reyes bagged a win his last time out with seven innings, four hits and no earned against the Giants.
It’s pretty easy to find the big hitters in the St. Louis order. Stephen Piscotty has put up 148 hits with 80 runs, 21 homers and 81 RBI. Yadier Molina holds 148 hits with 50 runs and 49 RBI. Matt Carpenter sits on 122 hits with 77 runs and 62 RBI.
Over on the Cubs’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Jason Hammel. Across 29 starts and a 15-9 record, Hammel owns a 3.56 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP in 164.1 innings. In a win over the Reds his last time out, Hammel put up seven innings with four hits and two earned.
Chicago has some great hitters as well. Kris Bryant holds 172 hits with 118 runs, 38 homers and 99 RBI. Anthony Rizzo has hit 164 times with 90 runs, 31 homers and 105 RBI. Ben Zobrist sits on 134 hits with 88 runs and 69 RBI.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last five game twos of a series, and 4-2 in their last six road games. St. Louis is also 4-2 in their last six overall and 7-4 in their last 11 road games against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600.
As for the Cubs, they’re 0-4 in their last four Saturday games, and 13-3 in Hammel’s last 16 home starts. Chicago is also 1-4 in Hammel’s last five starts with four days’ rest and 17-8 in Hammel’s last 25 starts during game two of a series.
I’d like to pick the Cardinals here, but with Hammel on the mound I just can’t do it. I’ll take Chicago in a close, intense game.