St. Louis Cardinals (5-5) at Chicago Cubs (14-7)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Jack Flaherty (1-0) (2.57) vs. Alec Mills (2-1) (2.84)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +114/ St. Louis Cardinals -126 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in MLB action from Wrigley Field.
This will be game one of a Wednesday doubleheader for these teams, and the fourth installment in a five-game series. The Cards and Cubs split the Monday doubleheader, each getting a win. On Tuesday, the Cubs were up 6-1 heading into the eighth inning and cruised to a 6-3 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Cardinals had nine hits Tuesday, just as many as the Cubs, but couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities. St. Louis left 21 men on base, despite getting a nice 3-for-4 outing from Paul Goldschmidt. Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon took the loss with 3.1 innings, three hits and two earned with three walks and seven strikeouts.
For the Wednesday game one, the Cardinals will send out RHP Jack Flaherty in the start. Flaherty has only had one previous start this season, going 7.0 innings with six strikeouts in a win. He’s 20-19 on his career with a 3.19 ERA and 439 Ks in 375.2 innings of work.
Over on the Cubs’ side, starting pitcher Yu Darvish did a nice job on Tuesday with 6.0 innings, eight hits, seven strikeouts and just one earned run. Only two Chicago hitters had more than one knock in the game, and it was a very well-rounded offensive effort.
For the Wednesday game one start, Chicago will turn to RHP Alec Mills. This season, Mills is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 19.0 innings over three starts with 14 strikeouts. Across his career, Mills is 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 76.1 innings of work.
The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last four opening games of a doubleheader and 7-1 in their last eight during game four of a series. St. Louis is 33-15 in their last 48 versus the National League Central and 31-15 in the last 46 games as a favorite.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 4-1 in their last five games versus a team with a winning record and 25-10 in their last 35 games following a win. Chicago is 14-6 in their last 20 games overall and 17-8 in their last 25 Wednesday games.
Pick: Going Cubs here. It’s been a very long time since Flaherty has had a start—over three weeks, in fact. Though I think Flaherty will come out strong, the Cardinals may not want to push him. Mills should be pretty solid on the other side, as he had a 0.93 ERA in two starts versus the Cardinals last season. Should be a pretty fun game, though. Matchups between these two teams are always good.