Cardinals and Cubs Renew Rivalry Amidst Wintry Temps

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:46 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018 12:46 PM UTC

Winter just won’t come to an end, but that won’t keep the Cardinals and Cubs from playing Tuesday night at Wrigley and we have a free baseball pick for the matchup.

St. Louis Cardinals (9-7 SU, 7-9 O/U) at Chicago Cubs (7-7 SU, 6-8 O/U)Free MLB Pick: OverBest Line Offered: Bookmaker

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No matter where you stand on the issue of climate change, there’s no denying the effect weather has had on the early baseball schedule. Following a horrible weekend that ended with six games canceled on Sunday, Mother Nature claimed three more victims Monday, including the series opener between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.

The old foes will try to renew their rivalry again Tuesday with an 8:05 PM (ET) start on Chicago’s North Side. Managers Mike Matheny and Joe Maddon each decided to go with the arms they scheduled for Monday’s ill-fated matchup, Adam Wainwright (0-2, 5.06) on the St. Louis side and Tyler Chatwood (0-2, 4.91) for the Cubs. Bookmaker is carrying Chicago as -127 chalk.

Weather Has Affected 3 Chatwood Starts Already

St. Louis enters the series a game up on Chicago and riding the wave of a 4-game win streak, and the Redbirds would love to get their big right-hander into a groove to keep the good times going. Wainwright’s 2018 was delayed by a hamstring injury, and he looked rusty in his season debut vs. the Diamondbacks before bouncing back with a quality start – 7 IP, 3 ER – last week against the Brewers, albeit in a losing effort. Tonight is his 35th career start against the Cubbies, and Addison Russell (6-15, .400) has given Wainwright fits though the 6-foot-7 veteran has limited Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez to a combined 1-for-11.

Cubs fans got their first look at Chatwood last week and weren’t all that pleased with their new $38 million pitcher who surrendered five runs to the Pirates over five innings. The Californian is known for pitching to contact, and he lived up to that scouting report by allowing Pittsburgh to stroke nine hits, one of them leaving the friendly confines. Chatwood has had three starts delayed already, Chicago’s original home opener last Monday plus Sunday and Monday. He only has one relief appearance against the Cardinals over the past three seasons, and owns a 7.36 ERA against them for his career (11 IP).

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Tonight's #STLCards vs. #Cubs game at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day. The game will be made-up on Saturday, July 21, as the first game of a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field at 12:05 p.m. CT.

— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) April 16, 2018

Rivalry Trends, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Having collided more than 2,400 times in the regular season, tonight’s tilt marks the 127th straight year the Cards and Cubs have met. Chicago has won the last two season series after St. Louis won five in a row (2011-15). The Cubs won 8 of 9 played in Chicago last year, totals running 3-5-1 O/U/P on the MLB odds in those contests.

It isn’t supposed to rain or snow in Chicago today, but it’s also not going to be very pleasant sitting in those old bleachers at Waveland and Sheffield Avenues with a first pitch temp in the upper 30s and 8-10 mph breeze blowing in from center. It’s not the sort of forecast that is generally conducive to scoring runs, but I’m playing ‘over’ for my free baseball pick.

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