Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/19/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (48-46) at Chicago Cubs (55-38)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
C Martinez (6-5) (3.08) vs. K Hendricks (6-8) (3.92)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -145 / St. Louis Cardinals +135 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs kick off the second half of the MLB schedule with a Thursday tilt.
The St. Louis Cardinals headed in to the All Star break off of a 6-4 victory versus Cincinnati that snapped a three game skid. St. Louis starter Mles Mikolas gave up three runs on six hits and a pair of BB before John Gant picked up the win with four shutout innings.
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The Cardinals banged out seven hits and walked twice with Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler slamming solo homers while Tommy Pham went 2-2 with a pair of runs driven in and one scored.
St. Louis has named right hander Carlos Marrtine to the mound for the series opener at Wrigley Fielld. Martinez has gon 6-5 with a 3.08 ERA covering 16 starts.
The Chicago Cubs have really been playing well with wins in 12-15 following a 7-4 win at San Diego to close the first half of 2018. Chicago starter Jon Lester upped his record to 12-2 with three runs allowed on six hits and three BB over 5.1 frames.
The Cubs did their damage on ten hits and a trio of bases on balls with Jason Heyward smacking a two run single while Javier Baez and Kris Bryant each drove in a run and scored followed by Anthony Rizzo with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the hill for Thursday’s start against the Cardinals. Hendricks ended the first half of 2018 with an 11-6 win at San Diego with two runs given up on five hits over five frames.
Over is 4-0 in St. Louis last 4 vs. National League Central and over is 5-1 in St. Louis last 6 overall. Chicago are 12-3 in their last 15 overall and are 12-3 in their last 15 games on grass and are 39-14 in their last 54 Thursday games. Chicago are 5-0 in Hendricks' last 5 starts vs. St. Louis and St. Louis are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
I’ll back the Cubs given Hendricks success in this matchup with Chicago playing better then the Cardnals rght now...