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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 5/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Sunday May 5, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago Cubs -141 / St. Louis Cardinals +120
TV Channel
ESPN
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs meet in the finale of their three game NL Central division set from Wrigley Field in MLB action on Sunday night baseball.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 6-5. Michael Wacha and Matt Carpenter each had two RBIs with Carpenter going 3 for 5 with a double while Wacha went 2 for 2 with a double of his own. Jose Martinez added a solo home run to round out the Cardinals’ scoring in the win while also contributing a double. Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong each had base hits to cap off St. Louis’ offense as a team in the win. Wacha allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits while walking and whiffing four apiece, not factoring in the decision. John Brebbia ended up with the loss to fall to 1-1 this season. Adam Wainwright will start the finale and is 3-2 with a 3.73 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wainwright is 15-10 with a 4.01 ERA and 204 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to complete the sweep after taking game two on Saturday. Taylor Davis led the Cubs with four RBIs with a home run while Javier Baez went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and Kris Bryant added an RBI as well to round out Chicago’s scoring in the win. David Bote went 2 for 3 while Daniel Descalso chipped in a base hit as well in the win. Yu Darvish allowed five runs on six hits while walking five and striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Brandon Kintzler got the win to improve to 1-0 while Pedro Strop closed the 9th for his 4th save of the season. Jose Quintana will start game three and is 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. In his career, Quintana is 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 42 strikeouts against St. Louis.

St. Louis is 7-3 in Wainwright’s last 10 starts and 10-4 in their last 14 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Chicago is 20-7 in Quintana’s last 27 home starts and 16-5 in their last 21 games overall while the under is 23-10 in their last 33 division games. St. Louis is 12-5 in Wainwright’s last 17 starts against the Cubs and 14-6 in Wainwright’s last 20 road starts against the Cubs.

The Cardinals have had success with Wainwright on the mound against the Cubs, but the problem is that St. Louis has cooled off in this series and it just looks like Chicago has their number. The Cubs just find ways to win with Quintana on the mound as the Cubbies have won his last four starts. I just think that Chicago has been the better team in the first two games and the price isn’t bad in the finale so I’ll lay the juice with the Cubs in the finale.

Pick:
Chicago Cubs -141

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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