St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (88-68) at St. Louis Cardinals (81-75)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:08 pm (New Busch Stadium)
J Lackey (11-11) (4.67) vs. M Wacha (12-8) (4.00)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals TBA / Chicago Cubs TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCH, FSMW, ESPN
Down at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals will be continuing their MLB series.
In the Monday game one, the Cubs secured a 10-2 win. On Tuesday, St. Louis gave up four runs in the eighth inning but hung on for a tense 8-6 victory to even it up.
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For the Wednesday game, the Cubs will be bringing out RHP John Lackey. In his 163.2 innings and 11-11 record this year, Lackey has a 4.67 ERA with 145 Ks and 51 BBs.
The Cubs have an enviable offense. Kris Bryant came into Tuesday with 160 hits, 110 runs, 29 homers and 73 RBI while Anthony Rizzo posted 155 hits, 98 runs, 32 homers and 109 RBI. Bryant had one hit on Tuesday; Rizzo came up empty.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they’re going with RHP Michael Wacha on Wednesday. In his 159.2 innings and 12-8 record this year, Wacha has a 4.00 ERA with 150 Ks and 54 BBs.
St. Louis has a few hitters of note as well. Yadier Molina brought 137 hits, 60 runs, 18 homers and 82 RBI into Tuesday, while Tyler Pham posted 132 hits, 91 runs, 22 homers and 71 RBI. Pham hit a two-run homer on Tuesday; Molina is in the concussion protocol.
The Cubs are 5-1 in their last six Wednesday games and 5-2 in their last seven in game three of a series. Chicago is also 11-2 in Lackey’s last 13 starts and 5-1 in Lackey's last six road starts.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 4-0 in Wacha’s last four Wednesday starts and 8-2 in Wacha’s last 10 starts with four days’ rest. St. Louis is also 4-1 in Wacha’s last five starts and 5-2 in Wacha’s last seven home starts.
Lackey has been pretty consistent over his last four starts. In that time, he’s allowed seven earned overall across 22.2 innings, but hasn’t made it out of the fifth inning in either of his last two appearances. As for Wacha, he hasn’t allowed more than three earned in any of his last five starts, but does have five earned on nine hits in 10.2 innings over his last two outings. If there’s anywhere in this series for the Cardinals to bang out a win, it’s here, but their offense has to show up—and that's never a given. I am hesitantly taking St. Louis in this one.