Chicago Cubs (41-61) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (55-48)
August 4, 2022 1:15 pm EDT
The Line: Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals -149 / Chicago Cubs +138 ; Over/Under: 7.5 --- Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals -177 / Chicago Cubs +163 ; Over/Under: 8.5
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The Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals meet Thursday in MLB doubleheader action from Busch Stadium. These will be the second and final installments in a three-game rivalry series. The Cardinals took a shutout win on Tuesday, then we had Wednesday’s scheduled game two pushed back due to inclement weather. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Chicago couldn’t get anything going on seven team hits in the Tuesday opener of this set, falling 6-0. Starter Keegan Thompson had a rough outing on 4.2 innings, five earned, 10 hits and two walks.
Starter for the Thursday game one will be Chicago’s Marcus Stroman. In his 13 starts so far Stroman is 3-5 with a 3.99 ERA. In 67.2 innings total he has 30 earned on 62 hits and 18 walks with 62 Ks. Sean Newcomb will pitch for the Cubs in game two as the starter/opener. Newcomb has a 16.62 ERA over 4.1 innings in four appearances this year.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they scored three runs in the fifth inning on the way to 11 team hits Tuesday. Adam Wainwright posted 7.0 frames in the start with six hits, four strikeouts and no walks.
For game one Thursday, St. Louis is sending out Miles Mikolas. He’s 8-8 with a 2.86 ERA and 100 strikeouts this year. The Cardinals will send out Jose Quintana for the start in game two. In his 20 starts so far Quintana is 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA. Over 103.0 innings total he has 40 earned on 100 hits, 31 walks and 89 Ks.
The Cubs are 19-39 in their last 58 versus a lefty starter and 1-5 in their last six Thursday games. The under is 4-1-1 in Chicago’s last six in game three of a series.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 2-6 in their last eight in game three of a series and 1-7 in their last eight Thursday games. The under is 6-1 in St. Louis’ last seven in game three of a series.
GAME 1 PICK: I’m leaning Cubs, but I could go either way. Stroman has been doing well over his last two starts with just one earned in 12.0 innings on 13 hits and three walks. I like Stroman to keep it going, but it should be a fun pitcher matchup regardless.
GAME 2 PICK: I’m probably going to stay with the Cardinals. Quintana has done well over his last two starts, posting zero earned over 12.2 combined innings on eight hits and two walks. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do in his debut.