Two Sub .500 Teams
Even though people know that the St. Louis Cardinals are a much better baseball team than their record indicates, the standings don’t lie. They’re having a very disappointing start to the 2014 MLB Season with such talent on their active roster.
Tonight, they get to face the loveable losers, the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs haven’t seen a World Series for over 100 years and may never see one in any of our lifetimes.
Even at home, on center stage on Sunday Night Baseball, this team is still the betting underdog as the Cardinals are a -137 betting favorite according to 5 Dimes Sportsbook.
Even though the total isn’t out yet, we could see a possible low scoring affair as neither of these teams have been able to get their offenses going. That combined with a solid starting pitching matchup of Lance Lynn (4-1, 3.60) vs. Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.08) even point more to the under.
Can the Cards Jumpstart Their Season
on Sunday Night?
There’s no more Carlos Beltran on this team, but they have plenty of firepower from Matt Carpenter to the bottom of the St. Louis lineup. With that said, the Cards offense has gotten off to a slow start this season as they rank 26th in the league in runs, 20th in batting average, 20th in on-base percentage, and 26th in slugging percentage. Plain and simple, this is why this team is slightly below .500.
Michael Wacha couldn’t even do the job on Saturday as the Cubs defeated the Cardinals 3-0. The Cubbies look to go for the rare sweep tonight and St. Louis faces a tough pitcher, at least this season, in Jason Hammel.
Yadier Molina (4 HR, 15 RBI, .345) and Matt Adams (2 HR, 8 RBI, .333) having been carrying this team as the star trio of Matt Holiday, Matt Carpenter, and Allen Craig have really gotten off to slow starts and all hitting well below .300. Even though he doesn’t hit for average, catcher, Jhonny Peralta (7 HR, 15 RBI) is managing to hit for major power without the PED’s and has come up with some timely hits. If Carpenter and Holiday to continue to be unreliable, the Cards will need players like Peralta to keep chipping in.
Why Are the Cubs Losing?
Surprisingly enough, you look at the Cubs “core four” of Emilio Bonifacio (.330), Starlin Castro (4 HR, 14 RBI, .313), Anthony Rizzo (6 HR, 16 RBI, .296), and Wellington Castillo (4 HR, 13 RBI, .286) and all of these players are hitting well above their career averages.
Statistics are definitely not an indication of why the Cubs continue to lose as they sport a pitching staff that features Jeff Smardzija and Jason Hammel. Are the Cubbies a live dog on Sunday night and the Cards overhyped?
I’ve never been a big Cubs backer, but there’s no reason of thinking that the Cubs won’t go in for the kill on national television and sweep the Cardinals. Take Chicago as the home dog.
Pick- Chicago +130 at 5 Dimes