St. Louis Cardinals (15-15) at Chicago Cubs (23-16)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 7:08 pm (Wrigley Field)
Dakota Hudson (1-2) (2.77) vs. Jon Lester (2-1) (5.11)
The Line: Chicago Cubs TBA / St. Louis Cardinals TBA --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs meet Sunday in MLB action from Wrigley Field.
This will be the fourth of five games between these rival teams this weekend. Chicago took the first win Friday 4-1. In the Saturday doubleheader, St. Louis managed a 4-2 win in the first game. In the nightcap, the Cardinals kept it going with a 5-1 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Cardinals got a great start out of Adam Wainwright in Saturday’s game one. Wainwright went 6.1 innings, giving up just six hits, two earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts. In the second game, Tyler O’Neill went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and a two-run homer.
For the Sunday starting pitcher role, St. Louis will send out Dakota Hudson. In his five starts this year, Hudson is 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 26.0 innings of work. In his MLB career, Hudson is 21-10 with a 3.20 ERA and 178 Ks in 228.0 innings.
Over on the Cubs’ side, lefty starter Adbert Alzolay had a rough game in the first installment of Saturday’s doubleheader. He took the loss on 2.2 innings with two earned, five walks and four strikeouts. In game two, starter Colin Rea didn’t fare any better with 2.0 innings, five hits, four earned runs, two walks, two homers allowed and three strikeouts.
For the Sunday starter slot, the Cubs are going with Jon Lester. In his seven starts during 2020, Lester owns a 2-1 record with a 5.11 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 37.0 innings. Over his MLB career, Lester is 192-109 with a 3.59 ERA and 2380 Ks in 2574.2 innings total.
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Pick: I’m leaning Cardinals here, but their offense needs to show up. Hudson is coming off his best start of the year on Monday, going seven innings with one run on four hits versus the Reds. Hudson had no walks there and notched seven strikeouts. As for Lester, he needs a bounce-back showing here after coughing up five runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings versus the Pirates on Tuesday. This should be a pretty tight game, and a great matchup to finish off the Sunday MLB slate.