MLB Picks: Bet Cardinals -125 vs. Cubs

Jeff Grant

Thursday, July 11, 2013 3:03 PM GMT

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to continue their winning streak against teams with losing records Thursday night, as they open up a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League Central matchup at Wrigley Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

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St. Louis owns a 1.5-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the division standings, which has been made possible by winning five games in a row, including a 5-4 victory as -245 home favorites Wednesday. 

The Cardinals are 6-5 as road favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with the OVER going 8-3 in that situation. 

Blown out 

Chicago has won four of its last five games, as it looks to bounce back from a 13-2 blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels as +121 home underdogs last night, while going well OVER the betting total of 8. 

The Cubs are 1-3 after allowing 10 or more runs this season, with the UNDER cashing in three of those four opportunities. 

Westbrook 

Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (5-3, 2.78 ERA) has won three of his last four outings, including a 4-1 home victory over the Miami Marlins last time out, as he allowed one run and three hits over seven frames.

The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA in seven road games, with opposing hitters batting .327 against him. 

In 10 career games versus the Cubs, Westbrook has tallied a 6-2 record and 3.72 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 5.85 ERA in four efforts at this ballpark. 

Jackson 

Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.50 ERA) has won back-to-back efforts, including a 4-1 home victory over the Chicago Cubs last time out, as he allowed one run and four hits over 5.2 frames. 

The right-hander is 2-5 with a 6.07 ERA in eight home games, with opposing hitters batting .311 against him. 

In eight lifetime appearances (seven starts) versus the Cardinals, Jackson has tallied a 1-4 record and 4.85 ERA, including a 4-1 road loss on June 19.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals as one of their MLB picks Thursday night, as long as catcher Yadier Molina re-enters the lineup. 

St. Louis owns a +127 run differential on the season, while Chicago has been outscored by 10 runs heading into this affair. 

MLB Pick:  St. Louis Cardinals -125