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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Date & Time Thursday August 1, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line
The Line: Chicago Cubs +110 / St. Louis Cardinals -130 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
NSCH, FSMW
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The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals meet Thursday in MLB action at Busch Stadium.

The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Cubs have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs have lost four of their last five games when scoring three or less runs. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 122 hits and 69 RBI while Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 218 hits and 122 RBI. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he is 9-6 with a 3.63 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. Lester is 8-5 with a 3.02 ERA and 113 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after losing three of their last four games. The Cardinals have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost six of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 104 hits and 58 RBI while Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong have combined for 186 hits and 90 RBI. Jack Flaherty gets the ball, and he is 4-6 with a 4.17 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Flaherty is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 7-19 in their last 26 road games and 36-17 in Lesters last 53 starts. The Cardinals are 6-1 in their last 7 Thursday games, 2-5 in Flahertys last 7 home starts and 2-5 in Flahertys last 7 starts. The Cubs are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis and 6-2 in Lesters last 8 starts vs. Cardinals. The under is 3-1-1 in Cardinals last 5 overall. The under is 10-2-1 in Cubs last 13 overall.

Lester has allowed 30 hits and eight earned runs in his last 26 innings, but he has a 4.42 ERA and .259 allowed batting average on the road. In 249 at bats against current Cardinals, Lester is allowing a .277 batting average with nine homers and 34 RBI. Flaherty has allowed 21 hits and eight runs in his last 29 innings, and he has a 3.20 ERA and .197 allowed batting average at home. In 101 at bats against current Cubs, Flaherty is allowing a .208 batting average with 39 strikeouts. The starting pitching edge and the Cubs issues on the road has me leaning toward the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -130

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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