St. Louis Cardinals (32-31) vs. Chicago Cubs (36-27)
June 13, 2021 7:08 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Cubs -138 / St. Louis Cardinals +128 ; Over/Under: 9.5
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs meet Sunday in MLB action from Wrigley Field. This will be the final installment in a three-game weekend set between these teams. The Cubs took a three-run win on Friday, then in the Saturday game Chicago kept it going with a 7-2 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
St. Louis coughed up six runs in a three-inning span in the Friday game, ultimately losing 8-5. In the Saturday game two, the Cardinals fell behind early and never really had a chance at catching up. Starting pitcher John Gant lasted just 1.2 innings with five earned on one hit and five walks.
For the Sunday starting pitcher role, the Cards are sending out Carlos Martinez. Over his 58.0 innings this year, Martinez has 54 hits, 41 runs (40 earned), four homers allowed, 21 walks, 38 strikeouts and a 6.21 ERA.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they fell behind 5-1 in the Friday game but were able to storm back for the win with some late rallies. On Saturday, Chicago exploded for five runs in the second inning on the way to the win. Kyle Hendricks posted 6.0 innings with two earned on three hits.
For the Sunday starting pitcher role, the Cubs are sending out Zach Davies. Across 60.2 innings this year, Davies has 64 hits, 31 runs (30 earned), four homers allowed, 31 walks, 37 Ks and a 4.45 ERA.
The Cardinals are 0-4 in their last four Sunday games and 4-11 in their last 15 versus a team with a winning record. The under is 10-4-1 in St. Louis’ last 15 in game three of a series and the over is 7-3 in their last 10 road games versus a team with a winning record.
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Meanwhile, the Cubs are 19-7 in their last 26 home games and 40-19 in their last 59 home games with the total set at 9.0-10.5. The under is 4-0 in Chicago’s last four Sunday games and 3-0-1 in their last four in game three of a series.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Cubs. Martinez simply hasn’t been good lately. He’s given up 15 earned runs over his last two starts in a span of 4.2 innings. That includes 0.2 innings with 10 earned versus the Dodgers and five earned on seven hits in 4.0 innings in his last start versus the Indians. Martinez had a good stretch of games in April/May, but has hit the skids statistically. I like another step forward from him in this one, in what’s ultimately a Cubs win.