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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Date & Time Saturday June 1, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line
St. Louis Cardinals -134 / Chicago Cubs +124 O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
FOX
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The Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals will continue their MLB rivalry series on Saturday.

In the Friday opener, the Cardinals scored once in the first inning and stuck around in a tight game for a walk-off 2-1 victory in 10 innings.

For Saturday’s game, the Cubs will be sending out Jose Quintana for the start. In his 62.2 innings and 4-4 mark this year, Quintana has a 3.73 ERA with 56 Ks and 19 BBs.

Chicago out-hit the Cards 6-5 on Friday but couldn’t plate enough runs to push the issue. The lone RBI came from Yu Darvish, and no one had more than one hit.

Over on the Cardinals’ side, they’re going with Jack Flaherty on Saturday. Over 59.9 innings and a 4-3 record so far, Flaherty has a 3.77 ERA with 65 Ks and 20 BBs.

St. Louis’ offense was immobile for much of the game Friday, but they came through in the end. Kolten Wong was the only Cardinal with two hits, and he plated a run as well.

The Cubs are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games and 8-3 in their last 11 in game two of a series. Chicago is 3-7 in Quintana’s last 10 road starts and 2-5 in his last seven versus the NL Central.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 4-11 in Flaherty’s last 15 starts in game two of a series and 1-4 in his last five starts. St. Louis is 1-4 in Flaherty’s last five starts on grass and 0-6 in his last six after a quality start.

Over his last four starts, Quintana is 0-3 even though he hasn’t pitched too badly. He got four runs total in support across three of those starts, and in the most recent Quintana just had a bad outing with 12 hits and five earned in 5.1 innings.

As for Flaherty, he’s been pretty consistent over his last six starts, and hasn’t allowed more than three earned in any of those games.

This should be a pretty nice matchup and a great game to watch in this storied rivalry. I like Flaherty a little better here though, so I’m going to take STL in a tight one—so long as the offense shows up.

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -134

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