St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Sunday June 9, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -150 / St. Louis Cardinals +130
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs meet in the finale of their three game NL Central division series from Wrigley Field in MLB action on Sunday Night Baseball.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 9-4. Marcell Ozuna went 1 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs while Harrison Bader added a solo homer of his own. Paul DeJong, Paul Goldschmidt and Kolten Wong each had base hits as well to cap off St. Louis’ offense as a team as the loss as the Cardinals had just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Jack Flaherty gave up four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. John Brebbia took the loss, falling to 1-3 on the year in relief. Adam Wainwright will start the finale and is 5-5 with a 4.34 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wainwright is 16-11 with a 4.02 ERA and 214 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to complete the sweep after taking game two on Saturday. Victor Caratini had a double and three RBIs while Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez each had two RBIs with Schwarber going 2 for 4 with a home run and a double while Baez had a triple. Willson Contreras and Addison Russell each had an RBI to round out the Cubs’ scoring in the win. Kris Bryant had a double while Albert Almora Jr. went 2 for 4. Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward each had a base hit to cap off Chicago’s offense in the victory. Jon Lester got the win to improve to 5-4 on the year after allowing four runs on five hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Kyle Hendricks will start the finale and is 6-4 with a 3.16 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hendricks is 6-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 71 strikeouts against St. Louis.
St. Louis is 1-4 in Wainwright’s last 5 road starts and 3-8 in their last 11 road games against a right-handed starter while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Chicago is 6-1 in Hendricks’ last 7 starts and 16-5 in their last 21 home games against a team with a winning record. Chicago is 9-0 in Hendricks’ last 9 starts against St. Louis and 5-0 in Hendricks’ last 5 home starts against the Cardinals.
St. Louis and plus money would be tempting if the Cubs weren’t the better team in this series. St. Louis looked like they were turning things around with four runs in the top of the 1st on Saturday, but then gave up nine runs down the stretch in the loss. It also doesn’t hurt the Cubs that Hendricks is on the bump, as Chicago has won each of his last nine starts against St. Louis. Given the history here, Chicago and the reasonable price has to be the play here.