Chicago Cubs (13-12) at St. Louis Cardinals (20-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 7, 2015, 1:45 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -126 / Chicago Cubs +116 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals end their four-game series Thursday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Cubs have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Cubs have lost seven of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads Chicago with 32 hits and 16 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant have combined for 28 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have split their last eight games on the road. Jake Arrieta gets the nod, and he’s 3-2 with a 2.84 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The Cardinals have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Cardinals have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Matt Carpenter leads St. Louis with 36 hits and 20 RBI while Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta have combined for 28 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won eight of their last nine games on their home field. John Lackey takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 15-36 in their last 51 during game 4 of a series and 5-2 in Arrietas last 7 starts. The Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series and 8-1 in Lackeys last 9 home starts. The Cubs are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in St. Louis.
The Cardinals have been a freight train lately and have proven to be the best team in baseball. At home and for the cheap price, you have to like St. Louis.