St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Saturday May 4, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -128 / St. Louis Cardinals +118
FS-1, FS-Midwest, WGN
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs meet in game two of their three game NL Central division set from Wrigley Field in MLB action on Saturday.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to bounce back after being held off of the scoreboard in game one, losing the opener by a final score of 4-0 on Friday. Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong, Harrison Bader and Dexter Fowler each had base hits as none of St. Louis’ four hits as a team went for extra bases in the losing effort. Jack Flaherty took the loss, falling to 3-2 after allowing three runs on four hits while walking four and striking out nine over 5.2 innings of work. Michael Wacha will start game two and is 2-0 with a 4.78 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wacha is 4-8 with a 6.65 ERA and 90 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to keep their momentum going after winning the series opener on Friday. Anthony Rizzo led the charge by going 3 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs while Javier Baez had an RBI to round out Chicago’s scoring as a team. Kris Bryant added a double and Willson Contreras had a base hit as the Cubs put out six hits as a team in the win. Kyle Hendricks got the win to improve to 2-4 on the year after tossing a complete game shutout, giving up just four hits while striking out three, needing just 81 pitches from start to finish. Yu Darvish will start game two and is 2-3 with a 5.02 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. This will be Darvish’s first career start against St. Louis.
St. Louis is 10-3 in their last 13 games overall and 13-6 in Wacha’s last 19 starts while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Chicago is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-0 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 4-1 in Darvish’s last 5 home starts. St. Louis is 1-5 in Wacha’s last 6 starts against the Cubs.
Getting St. Louis at plus money once again is tempting, but the Cardinals have cooled off over the last couple of days and while he’s been somewhat reliable, Wacha has had his fair share of struggles against the Cubs. I’ve been one of the first to doubt Darvish whenever he’s on the mound, but the Cubs appear to have turned a corner and are playing very well right now so I’ll lay the juice with the Cubs in this spot.