MLB Odds and Free Pick St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

Willie Bee

Sunday, June 4, 2017 5:44 PM UTC

Sunday, Jun. 4, 2017 5:44 PM UTC

Back to .500 following wins in the first two games of the series, the Cubs are again big favorites on the MLB odds when they close out their weekend set against the Cardinals.

Season: 25-34 (-10.46)

Do a couple of wins over their biggest rivals signal a turnaround for the Chicago Cubs who have been floundering since late-April? The St. Louis Cardinals hope to show that’s not the case and prevent being broomed in the Windy City tonight when the old foes close a weekend set on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Michael Wacha and Kyle Hendricks fill the initial mound duel with the Cubs listed around -160 on SBR’s MLB odds board.

It started with a Friday matinee in Wrigleyville, a well-pitched and defended affair that ended with the Cubs taking a 3-2 decision on a -177 closing line at 5Dimes. Saturday saw Kyle Schwarber’s slam decide things in the seventh for a 5-3 Chicago win that scraped ‘under’ a 9 run total. Sunday ends the first series in Chicago between the two old foes this season after six games in St. Louis earlier, the Cubs up 5-3 on the year after taking the first two this weekend.


Both Starters Coming Off Defeats

The Cards are out to avoid a fourth consecutive loss with Wacha on the hill. The 6-6 righthander couldn’t hold up his end of the bargain this past Tuesday at home when his offense gave him a 3-0 lead over the Dodgers in the first, Wacha only managing to get through the third on 77 tosses and LA having moved out in front, 4-3. This is his first look at the Cubs this season, and Wrigley has not been his favorite place to pitch with St. Louis splitting his four starts here while Wacha pitched to a 4.94 ERA.

Hendricks is also coming off a rough outing, surrendering five runs in as many innings on Memorial Day in San Diego where Chicago fell 5-2. The setback left the Cubs 5-5 in his 10 assignments for 2017 and down a little more than 2 units on the money line. The Dartmouth grad is also making his first appearance of the season in this rivalry, but ninth vs. St. Louis for his career with one of those during the 2015 playoffs and Chicago 4-4 in the contests.

 Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Chris Guccione finishes off the series for Dana DeMuth’s crew behind the dish. Totals for the 18 year veteran arbiter have gone 3-6-1 O/U/P for the Colorado native in 2017, but interestingly enough, one of the ‘over’ winners was a start by Hendricks in this park on April 19. Home teams are 7-3 when Gooch calls balls and strikes, home chalk paying off 16 of his last 27 plated assignments.

It’s going to be on the warm side in the low-80s for the start of the game, a few clouds floating above and a light WNW breeze (left to right). I’m expecting a 9-9½ run total and will play it ‘under’ for my free baseball pick.

Free MLB Pick: Under 9½Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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