Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/22/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (47-49) at Chicago Cubs (49-46)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
A Wainwright (11-5) (5.08) vs. J Lester (6-6) (4.07)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -166 / St. Louis Cardinals +156 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCH, FSMW, FS1
Up at historic Wrigley Field on Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs will be continuing their MLB weekend series.
In Friday’s opener, the Cardinals secured an 11-4 victory with a nine-run eighth inning.
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For the Saturday game, the Cardinals will be bringing out RHP Adam Wainwright. In his 102.2 innings and 11-5 record this year, Wainwright has a 5.08 ERA with 92 Ks and 35 BBs.
St. Louis has some notable hitters this year. Coming into this set, Jed Gyorko brought 86 hits, 36 runs, 14 homers and 49 RBI, while Yadier Molina had 82 hits, 32 runs, 10 homers and 42 RBI. On Friday, Gyorko scored and posted an RBI; Molina sat with an ankle issue.
The Cubs will be bringing out LHP Jon Lester for the start on Saturday. In his 115.0 innings and 6-6 record this year, Lester has a 4.07 ERA with 116 Ks and 38 BBs.
Chicago has a few noteworthy bats as well. Kris Bryant led the way coming into this series with 88 hits, 61 runs, 19 homers and 40 RBI while Anthony Rizzo had 87 hits, 56 runs, 23 homers and 60 RBI. On Friday, Rizzo logged a hit and an RBI; Bryant was out with a sprained finger.
The Cardinals are 5-0 in the last five games versus a left-handed starter and 5-1 in the last six during game two of a series. St. Louis is also 21-5 in Wainwright’s last 26 Saturday starts, and 5-2 in Wainwright’s last seven road starts.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games, and 21-6 in Lester’s last 27 home starts. Chicago is also 22-5 in Lester’s last 27 starts versus a team with a losing record and 37-17 in Lester’s last 54 starts.
In the Miami game, Wainwright coughed up six earned over 5.0 innings, but in the two starts since he’s given up just three earned in 12.1 innings. As for Lester, he gave up nine earned in 5.2 innings over two starts but bounced back in his last outing with one earned in 7.0 innings. This should be a fun game to watch and could realistically go either way so I’m staying away from it. That said, I’ll take Lester and the Cubs here.