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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Prediction and Betting Odds

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Prediction and Betting Odds. The 13-11 Chicago Cubs are set to take on the 19-6 St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri tonight May 5, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 8:15 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Cubs +110 / Cardinals -130
O/U: 8 runs

Pitching Match Up
Chicago: Lance Hendricks (0-1, 5.23 ERA)
St. Louis: Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

In their last games: In Game 1 of this 4 game series yesterday the Cardinals beat the Cubs 10-9.

The Cubs go into St. Louis in the 2nd game of a 4-game series. The 0-1 Kyle Hendricks goes for the Cubs and St. Louis starter Lance Lyons makes his first start of the season. The Cardinals open at home at -130 with the line sitting at 8 runs. The Cardinals have the best record in baseball as well as the best home record. They have reeled off 7 straight wins and while their offense has had issues this season their staff has the best team ERA in the Majors. The Cubs have lost 4 of their last 5 games including their last 3. While they rank 22nd in runs scored and a decent 10th in team ERA their pitching has given up 21 runs in their last 3 games. These 2 teams met in the first series of the season with each team winning 1 game and 1 being rained out.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Cardinals are 20-8 in their last 28 home games against the Cubs.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 4 times.

In the last 16 games between these 2 teams in St. Louis the Over record is 12-2-2.

This season the Cardinals are 12-2 at home and the Cubs are 6-4 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Chicago Cubs: 13-11 SU / O/U 10-10 / Run Line W/L 11-13
St. Louis Cardinals: 19-6 SU / O/U 10-14 / Run Line W/L 16-9

Chicago at St. Louis Key Betting Trends

• CHI is 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
• CHI is 2-5 in their last 7 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
• CHI has an Over record of 3-0-1 in their last 4 road games.
• STL is 42-14 in their last 56 home games.
• STL is 19-7 in their last 26 games vs. a right-handed starter.
• STL has an Over record of 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record.

Key Player Injuries

CUBS
[P] 04/06/2015 – Tsuyoshi Wada 15-day DL (3/27) ( Groin )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Dallas Beeler 15-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Jacob Turner 60-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )
[P] 04/10/2015 – Justin Grimm 15-day DL (4/2) ( Arm )
[3B] 04/17/2015 – Mike Olt 60-day DL (4/15) ( Wrist )
[P] 04/17/2015 – Neil Ramirez 15-day DL (4/16) ( Shoulder )
[2B] 04/15/2015 – Tommy La Stella 15-day DL (4/9) ( Ribs )

CARDINALS
[P] 05/03/2015 – Jordan Walden 15-day DL (4/30) ( Bicep )
[C] 05/04/2015 – Yadier Molina is not expected to be in the starting lineup Monday vs. Chicago Cubs ( Rest )
[P] 04/28/2015 – Adam Wainwright 15-day DL (4/25); out for season ( Achilles )
[CF] 04/19/2015 – Randal Grichuk 15-day DL (4/17) ( Back )
[P] 04/04/2015 – Jaime Garcia 15-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )
[LF] 04/04/2015 – Tommy Pham 60-day DL (3/27) ( Quad )

Free MLB Pick

Tyler Lyons is making his first start of the season after beginning it in the Minors and the Cardinals are 0-4 in his last 4 starts. On top of that in their last 8 games as a favorite with him getting the starting nod the Cardinals have only won once. The St. Louis bats came alive in Game 1 of this series scoring 10 runs and while they did win their previous 3 games before that they only totaled 7 runs. Kyle Hendricks is still looking for his first win of the season and the Cubs are 2-2 this season when he is on the mound. He has only lasted into the 6th inning in 1 start this season and in his last start he gave up 2 earned runs off 5 hits in an 8-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Even though Hendricks has been far from stellar on the season I am going with the Cubs in this game. Lyons will be going for the first time all season and the Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 road games when Hendricks has gotten the starting nod.

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