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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/23/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (47-50) at Chicago Cubs (50-46)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm (Wrigley Field)

M Wacha (7-3) (3.71) vs. J Quintana (5-8) (4.20)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -180 / St. Louis Cardinals +170 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs meet Sunday in MLB action at Wrigley Field on ESPN.

The St. Louis Cardinals would love a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jedd Gyorko leads the Cardinals with 86 hits and 50 RBI while Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter have combined for 162 hits and 88 RBI. Michael Wacha gets the ball, and he is 7-3 with a 3.71 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 4-4 with a 6.35 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.   

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/23/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Chicago Cubs have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 90 hits and 41 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras have combined for 164 hits and 112 RBI. Jose Quintana gets the ball, and he is 5-8 with a 4.20 ERA and 121 strikeouts this season. Quintana is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in Wachas last 5 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 5-0 in Wachas last 5 starts. The Cubs are 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. The Cardinals are 1-5 in Wachas last 6 starts vs. Cubs and the over is 11-1 in Wachas last 12 starts vs. Cubs.

Wacha has been really sharp as of late, allowing just two earned runs and striking out 26 guys in his last 20.2 innings. However, Wacha has an ERA of 5.13 on the road and was crushed for six runs in his last game in Wrigley. Quintana was lights out in his Cubs debut against the Orioles and has to have new life on the mound knowing he's pitching for a team that can produce victories at a high rate. The Cubs are playing really good baseball overall and have to keep it up if they're going to make a playoff push. Given Wacha's struggles on the road and the way the Cubs are playing in the second half, I like the home team to win this game.

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