St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/26/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (88-68) at St. Louis Cardinals (81-75)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 8:15 pm (New Busch Stadium)
J Arrieta (14-9) (3.43) vs. C Martinez (12-11) (3.63)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -107 / Chicago Cubs -103 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN+, FSMW, ESPN
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals meet Tuesday in MLB action at Busch Stadium on ESPN.
The Chicago Cubs look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Cubs have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Chicago Cubs have won 22 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 160 hits and 73 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez have combined for 281 hits and 184 RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he is 14-9 with a 3.43 ERA and 159 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 8-3 with a 2.06 ERA and 103 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Cardinals allowed 10 runs in Monday’s loss and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Yadier Molina leads the Cardinals with 137 hits and 82 RBI while Tommy Pham and Matt Carpenter have combined for 251 hits and 139 RBI. Carlos Martinez gets the ball, and he is 12-11 with a 3.63 ERA and 211 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 4-4 with a 4.55 ERA and 88 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series, 38-17 in Arrietas last 55 road starts and 57-28 in Arrietas last 85 starts. The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games, 16-6 in their last 22 during game 2 of a series and 7-2 in Martinezs last 9 Tuesday starts. The Cardinals are 6-2 in Martinezs last 8 home starts vs. Cubs and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Cubs are on a roll right now and Arrieta is back to looking like Arrieta, as he's allowed three or less runs in each of his last 10 starts. And while Martinez has had a couple hiccups in his last couple of performances, he still has an ERA of 3.18 along with an allowed batting average of .218 at home. He's still a pitcher who performs bright on the big stage, and St. Louis must win this game in order to stay in the wild card race. I'll take the Cards and the cheap price behind their ace pitcher.