Chicago Cubs (13-10) at St. Louis Cardinals (18-6)
|Date & Time||Monday May 4, 2015, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -128 / Chicago Cubs +118 --- Over/Under: 7
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs face off on Monday at Busch Stadium for game one of their MLB NL Central series of bitter rivals.
The St. Louis Cardinals continue to be the team to beat in the NL Central as they lead in the division standings. The Cardinals are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 11-2 at home, and they have won their last six games in a row. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .268 with Matt Carpenter hitting .365, Matt Holliday hitting .321, and Matt Adams hitting .309. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.28 with the starters at 2.71 and the bullpen at 1.41. For game one against the Cubs the Cardinals start Carlos Martinez who has allowed 17 hits and five runs while striking out 24 over 26 innings for a 3-0 record and a 1.73 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs are hoping this is the year they return to the post season but they are in second place in the National League Central standings. The Cubs are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 6-3 on the road, and they are 4.5 games behind the Cardinals in the division standings. As a team the Cubs are hitting .249 with Anthony Rizzo hitting .321, Starlin Castro hitting .309, and Dexter Fowler hitting .278. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.60 with the starters at 3.81 and the bullpen at 3.21. For game one against the Cards the Cubs start Travis Wood who has allowed 19 hits and eight runs while striking out 26 over 23.2 innings for a 2-1 record and a 3.04 ERA.
St. Louis is 5-0 against a team with a winning record, 9-2 against a left-handed starter, and 7-0 in Martinez’s last seven starts as a favorite. Chicago is 4-0 in game one of a series, 6-2 in their last eight road games, and 4-1 in Wood’s last five starts against the NL Central. Chicago is 4-10 in their last 14 games in St. Louis.
I am not expecting a ton of runs here so my free pick is going to be the under. My stronger play is on the winner and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App. As always you can also purchase my Premium Picks individually at Picks and Parlays.