St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Saturday June 8, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -105 / St. Louis Cardinals -115
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs meet in game two of their three game NL Central division set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Saturday.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look for a bounce back performance after dropping the series opener on Saturday by a final score of 3-1. Paul DeJong’s solo home run was the lone run that the Cards would score on Friday, while Harrison Bader added a double and Dexter Fowler and Jose Martinez each added base hits as the Cardinals cranked out just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Miles Mikolas took the loss, falling to 4-6 on the year after allowing three runs on four hits while striking out four over four innings of work. Jack Flaherty will start game two and is 4-3 with a 3.76 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. In his career, Flaherty is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA and 36 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to keep the ball rolling after their series opening win on Friday. Javier Baez had a home run and two RBIs while Victor Caratini had a double and an RBI to round out Chicago’s scoring as a team in the win. Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant each had a double while Anthony Rizzo added a base hit as well to cap off the Cubbies’ offense as a team in the victory. Cole Hamels got the win after throwing eight shutout innings, giving up just three hits while striking out ten to improve to 5-2 this season. Pedro Strop closed out the 9th for his 6th save of the season. Jon Lester will start game two and is 4-4 with a 3.32 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lester is 7-5 with a 2.85 ERA and 107 strikeouts against St. Louis.
St. Louis is 2-7 in Flaherty’s last 9 road starts and 1-5 in their last 6 road games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Chicago is 40-15 in Lester’s last 55 home starts and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the under is 5-1 in Lester’s last 6 division starts. Chicago is 5-2 in Lester’s last 7 starts against St. Louis and 5-1 in Lester’s last 6 home starts against St. Louis.
I’ve gone back and forth on this matchup, but while Flaherty has been the more consistent pitcher lately, and Lester had a few blowup starts lately, the Cubs are still playing the better baseball as of late and Lester has an ERA under two at home this season. Flaherty has an ERA well above six on the road, so I’m not sure why the Cardinals are the favorite here. I’ll side with the Cubs at home on Saturday.