St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs - 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 () () vs. K Hendricks (6-8) (3.92)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -150 / St. Louis Cardinals +140 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs meet Thursday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The St. Louis Cardinals could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Cardinals have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 94 hits and 49 RBI while Jose Martinez and Matt Carpenter have combined for 178 hits and 99 RBI. Carlos Martinez gets the ball, and he is 6-5 with a 3.08 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 4-4 with a 4.58 ERA and 99 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep the ball rolling after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Cubs have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Chicago Cubs have won 29 of their last 37 games when scoring more than one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 100 hits and 72 RBI while Albert Almora Jr. and Willson Contreras have combined for 170 hits and 62 RBI. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he is 6-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games, 20-43 in their last 63 games following an off day and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win. The Cubs are 39-14 in their last 54 Thursday games, 47-23 in their last 70 home games and 1-4 in Hendricks' last 5 starts vs. National League Central. The Cardinals are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and the Cubs are 5-0 in Hendricks' last 5 starts vs. Cardinals.
It's hard to bet against the Cubs these days with the way the offense is putting up crooked numbers. However, the Cubs have lost six of the last nine games in which Hendricks has pitched, and he's going up against a Cardinals offense that's hitting .258 with four homers in 132 at bats against him. Martinez has been extremely consistent all year long, has proven he's an ace quality starter and is giving up just a .217 batting average in 40.1 innings on the road. The bottom line here is we're getting plus money with one of the better young pitchers in baseball, a bet I'm not going to turn down often. The Cards have won five of their last 10 games in which Martinez was an underdog. The Cubs are 5-7 in their last 12 games in which Hendricks was a favorite. Give me the plus money.