MLB Picks: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:42 PM GMT

The Chicago Cubs continue to struggle mightily against divisional opponents this season, as they continue their four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds for this National League Central matchup at Busch Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

Check out our Tuesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Unable to recover

Chicago was unable to recover from a walk-off loss against the New York Mets Sunday, as it suffered a 5-2 defeat to St. Louis as +191 road underdogs last night, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. 

The Cubs are now 8-22 against division opponents this season—the fewest amount of wins in baseball in that particular situation. 

Alternating pattern 

St. Louis has alternated wins and losses over its last seven games, but the club still holds a 2.5-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds in the division standings, while also possessing a plus-105 run differential. 

The Cardinals are 8-2 as home favorites of -175 to -225 during the 2013 campaign, with the OVER going 6-3-1 in those 10 affairs.

Samardzija

Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.46 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 6-5 home win over the Cincinnati Reds last time out, as he allowed five runs and a season-high 10 hits over six frames. 

The right-hander is 2-5 with a 2.83 ERA in seven road outings, with opposing hitters batting just .184 against him.

In 16 lifetime appearances (five starts) versus the Cardinals, Samardzija has tallied a 3-2 record and 4.95 ERA, including a 3-1 mark and 5.93 ERA at this ballpark in six outings (two starts). 

Wainwright 

Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (10-3, 2.18 ERA) has won five consecutive starts, including a 2-1 road victory over the New York Mets last time out, as he allowed four hits over seven shutout innings. 

The right-hander is 3-2 with a 1.35 ERA in five home efforts, as he’s yet to allow a home run in 40 combined frames, while opposing hitters are batting .180 against him.

In 27 career games (18 starts) versus the Cubs, Wainwright has compiled a 6-5 record and 4.46 ERA.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals as one of their MLB picks Tuesday, as they’ve won 20 of Wainwright’s last 26 starts as a favorite. 

MLB Pick:  St. Louis Cardinals -200