St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (89-69) at St. Louis Cardinals (82-76)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm (New Busch Stadium)
K Hendricks (7-5) (3.14) vs. L Lynn (11-8) (3.47)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSMW
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals meet Thursday in MLB action at Busch Stadium.
The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Cubs have scored 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Chicago Cubs have won 12 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 161 hits and 73 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez have combined for 283 hits and 184 RBI. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he is 7-5 with a 3.14 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 2-2 with a 3.62 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
USA TODAY Sports
The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after losing four of their last five games. The Cardinals allowed five runs in Wednesday’s loss and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won eight of their last 11 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 254 hits and 142 RBI. Lance Lynn gets the ball, and he is 11-8 with a 3.47 ERA and 148 strikeouts this season. Lynn is 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA and 91 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 21-8 in their last 30 during game 4 of a series, 34-16 in their last 51 Thursday games and 2-6 in Hendricks' last 8 road starts. The Cardinals are 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games, 5-2 in Lynns last 7 home starts and 1-7 in Lynns last 8 starts. The Cardinals are 1-4 in Lynns last 5 home starts vs. Cubs, 0-7 in Lynns last 7 starts vs. Cubs and the Cubs are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Lynn has allowed 15 runs in his last 9.2 innings and has been on the losing side of all three games against the Cubs this season. Hendricks has allowed two runs in his last 13.2 innings and has allowed no more than three runs in each of his last 10 starts. Hendricks has also been slightly better on the road than he has been at home this season, and he's holding these Cards to a .239 batting average in 117 at bats. I have to back the Cubs in this spot.