Cubs Will Avoid Cardinals Brooms on ESPN

Sunday, May 6, 2018 2:28 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 6, 2018 2:28 PM UTC

Opposing 4-game streaks collide tonight in St. Louis where the MLB odds favor the Cardinals over the Cubs in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals

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Free MLB Pick: Cubs +108
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

St. Louis has not been a very hospitable place for visitors from Chicago this week. The Cardinals began the week with a pair of victories over the White Sox in a short interleague set, and have continued the run by taking down the rival Cubs twice with a chance to broom them out of Arch City in front of an ESPN audience on Sunday (8 PM ET).

Though banged up and possibly missing three key components for the series finale, St. Louis is still drawing the chalk line for Sunday’s matchup that finds Jon Lester (2-1, 2.73) on the bump for the visitors against Michael Wacha (4-1, 3.62). Bookmaker is carrying the Redbirds at -115 with 8½ for the total and taxed to the low side.

Rizzo Has Raked Against Wacha In The Past

St. Louis survived a scare in the ninth on Friday to hold on for a 3-2 win in the opener as small chalk. Chicago couldn’t match that on Saturday when the Cards rallied in the ninth to force extras before winning it 8-6 on Kolten Wong’s 10th-inning blast. St. Louis made good for its backers who played a -125 money line on the baseball odds and the ‘over’ winner left totals split down the middle in the last six at Busch.

Chicago is 5-1 behind Lester so far, winning all five as the favorite with the only loss coming as an underdog in Cleveland. The southpaw was solid against the Redbirds a little more than two weeks ago, tossing six innings and allowing an unearned run, and is 3-1 with a 1.63 ERA over six starts in St. Louis since joining the Cubs. After pitching poorly to lose his season debut against the Mets, Wacha has won four in a row with the Cardinals taking all five of his subsequent assignments. The former Texas A&M standout missed the Cubs in the Windy City earlier this year, and struggled against them in four starts a year ago, St. Louis dropping all of them while Wacha pitched to a 7.77 ERA. Anthony Rizzo has torn him up over the years, going 18-for-38 with 3 HR.

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Nebraska native Todd Tichenor is expected to call the mound offerings in this one. He’s off to a 3-2 O/U start to this season after trending ‘under’ the past three years (33-49-2 O/U/P). Tichenor is 7-8 O/U over his career at the new Busch Stadium, the Cardinals going 8-7 in those contests.

The weatherman is calling for a chance of a passing t-storm in the area this afternoon, but nothing that should threaten the game. The Cardinals might be without Yadier Molina, Tommy Pham and closer Bud Norris tonight with each nursing various injuries, and that has me on the Cubs with my free MLB pick.

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