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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals - Game 1 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Cardinals (49-47) at Chicago Cubs (56-39)
Date & Time Saturday July 21, 2018, 1:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Cubs -105 / St. Louis Cardinals -105 --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
WGN, FSMW
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MLB | St. Louis Cardinals (49-47) at Chicago Cubs (56-39)
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The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs meet Saturday in game one of a MLB doubleheader at Wrigley Field.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 30 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in five of their last eight games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than two runs. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 97 hits and 51 RBI while Jose Martinez and Matt Carpenter have combined for 185 hits and 107 RBI. Luke Weaver gets the ball, and he is 5-8 with a 4.72 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. Weaver is 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 101 hits and 72 RBI while Albert Almora Jr. and have combined for 173 hits and 63 RBI. Tyler Chatwood gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 5.04 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. Chatwood is 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 opening games of a double-header, 4-1 in Weavers last 5 road starts and 4-1 in Weavers last 5 starts vs. National League Central. The Cubs are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 48-23 in their last 71 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 opening games of a double-header. The Cardinals are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago, 7-15 in the last 22 meetings and the over is 4-0 in Weavers last 4 starts vs. Cubs.

This has been a weird series, as neither pitching staff can get outs without allowing crooked numbers in the process. This should be another one of those games considering Chatwood has allowed a combined 17 runs in his last 15.2 innings and has a 6.08 ERA with an allowed batting average of .261 at home this season. Weaver has had his struggles as well this season, but he's given up just five hits and three runs in his last 14 innings, and both of those performances were on the road. This game could certainly go either way, but the value is with the Cardinals here, as picking Chatwood in his current form isn't exactly a wise option. 

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -105

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