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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 9/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (77-69) at Chicago Cubs (79-66)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

C Martinez (11-10) (3.33) vs. J Lackey (11-11) (4.65)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -125 / St. Louis Cardinals +115 --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, WLS

Up at historic Wrigley Field on Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs will be kicking off their weekend MLB rivalry series. 

The Cardinals are coming off a set against the Reds this week. The two teams split the first pair of games, then on Thursday the Cards managed a 5-2 victory. 

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 9/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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St. Louis will be bringing out RHP Carlos Martinez on Friday. In his 189.0 innings and 11-10 record this year, Martinez has a 3.33 ERA with 200 Ks and 63 BBs. 

The Cardinals have a few notable bats this year. Veteran Yadier Molina entered Thursday on 132 hits, 58 runs, 17 homers and 75 RBI while Tyler Pham has come on lately with 117 hits, 83 runs, 19 homers and 63 RBI. Molina whiffed on Thursday but Pham homered and doubled with two runs and two RBI. 

Over on the Cubs’ side, they’re fresh off a series versus the Mets. Chicago won the first two games, then in the Thursday finale the Cubs secured a big 14-6 win. 

Chicago will be bringing out RHP John Lackey for the start on Friday. In his 155.0 innings and 11-11 record this year, Lackey has a 4.65 ERA with 140 Ks and 47 BBs. 

Chicago has some solid bats as well. Kris Bryant entered Thursday with 144 hits, 100 runs, 26 homers and 63 RBI while Anthony Rizzo managed 144 hits, 91 runs, 31 homers and 104 RBI in that time. Rizzo and Bryant combined for four hits, four RBI and four runs on Thursday. 

The Cardinals are 5-0 in the last five during game one of a series and 4-1 in their last five Friday games. St. Louis is also 5-2 in Martinez’s last seven starts and 5-2 in Martinez’s last seven Friday starts. 

Meanwhile, the Cubs are 8-3 in their last 11 during game one of a series and 2-5 in their last seven versus the NL Central. Chicago is also 5-1 in Lackey’s last six home starts and 9-2 in Lackey’s last 11 starts overall. 

It’s been a nice run of games for Martinez, who has six quality starts in his last seven outings, and has given up just two earned on seven hits in 13.0 innings over his last two starts. As for Lackey, he’s given up just two earned on seven hits over his last two as well, a span of 14.0 innings. This is a great pitching matchup and should be a fun way to start the series. I’m going to give a very slight edge to the at-home Cubs, but the play here is probably the under.

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