Chicago Cubs (39-27) at St. Louis Cardinals (36-31)
|Date & Time||Sunday June 17, 2018, 8:08 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +111 / Chicago Cubs -121 --- Over/Under: 8.5
In a nationally-televised game from Busch Stadium on Sunday evening, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals will be finishing up their weekend MLB series.
The Cubs managed a blowout 13-5 win on Friday in game one of this set, then on Saturday Chicago managed a comeback win 6-3.
For the Sunday game, the Cubs will be bringing out lefty Jose Quintana. In his 70.1 innings and 6-4 record this year, Quintana has a 4.09 ERA with 70 Ks and 33 BBs.
Leading the way for the Cubs in hitting this year is Kris Bryant, who came into the weekend with 67 hits, 37 runs and 33 RBI. On Saturday, Bryant plated a run.
As for the Cardinals, they’re going with Jack Flaherty on Sunday. Over 45.2 innings and a 3-2 record this season, Flaherty has a 2.96 ERA with 48 Ks and 11 BBs.
Jose Martinez entered the weekend as the Cards’ top hitter on 75 hits, 32 runs and 42 RBI. In game two, Tyler Pham had a hit and a run.
The Cubs are 6-1 in Quintana’s last seven Sunday starts and 5-1 in his last six road starts. Chicago is also 4-1 in Quintana’s last five starts and 10-1 in his last 11 versus the NL Central.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 4-1 in Flaherty’s last five starts and 4-1 in his last five starts on grass. St. Louis is also 0-6 in their last six games versus a left-handed starter and 0-4 in the last four home games versus a left-handed starter.
Quintana has been pretty good lately, with two quality starts in his last three and just four earned runs over his last trio of appearances. Flaherty had a run of two games with seven earned, but otherwise he’s given up just one earned in four of his last six starts. This should be another fun matchup between these two teams, and I’m giving the Cubs a slight edge here. That said, taking the Cards on a value pick isn’t a bad idea, either; it's really hard to sweep a series between these two teams.