St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Moneyline Pick
- Updated: May 4, 2014
Time: 8 PM EST Sunday May 4, 2014 ESPN
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals in a NL Central match up.
In their last games: In 2 of this 3-game series yesterday the Cubs beat the Cardinals 3-0.
Chicago’s Jake Arrieta made his season debut in yesterday’s game and struck out 7 batters in 5 innings and the Cubs bullpen only gave up 3 hits in the shutout win.
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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:
In the last 5 games between these 2 teams in Chicago the total has gone Under 4 times.
The Cardinals have won 7 of their last 10 games against the Cubs.
The Cardinals are 1-5 in Lance Lynn’s last 6 starts as a road favorite.
This season Jason Hammel has struck out 27 and walked only 7 over 34 2/3 innings and has held opponents to a .144 average.
Pitching Match Up
St. Louis Cardinals: Lance Lynn (4-1, 3.60 ERA)
Chicago Cubs: Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.08 ERA)
Money Line: Cardinals -140 / Cubs +130
Run Line: St. Louis -1.5 +120
Total Line: 7 Over (-115)
Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
St. Louis Cardinals: 15-16 SU / O/U 12-16 / Run Line W/L 14-17
Chicago Cubs: 11-17 SU / O/U 14-13 / Run Line W/L 16-12
Key Betting Trends
• STL is 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
• STL is 0-4 in their last 4 road games.
• STL has an Over record of 4-1-1 in their last 6 games.
• CHI is 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
• CHI is 16-33 in their last 49 home games.
• CHI has an Over record of 9-4 in their last 13 home games.
Key Player Injuries
Joe Kelly SP D.L. Apr 17 hamstring Mid-May?
Jason Motte RP D.L. Mar 30 elbow May
Jaime Garcia SP D.L. Mar 30 shoulder May?
Ryan Sweeney OF D.L. May 3 hamstring Status uncertain
Jose Veras RP D.L. Apr 26 middle body Mid-May?
Justin Ruggiano OF D.L. Apr 24 hamstring Late May?
Kyuji Fujikawa RP D.L. Mar 30 elbow Mid-2014
James McDonald SP D.L. Mar 30 shoulder Out indefinitely
The Cubs are on a mini roll winning 4 of their last 5. Chicago starter Jason Hammel is having a career year so far this season with a 0.69 WHIP and 2.57 ERA while ringing up 5 straight quality starts. St. Louis starter Lance Lynn has been lights out on the road in 2014 with a 3-1 record and 2.25 ERA but has struggled mightily at Wrigley getting blasted for 14 runs in 16.1 innings in his last 3. The Cardinals putting up Cub-like numbers in their last 10 with a 3-7 W-L mark.
Take Chicago +130.