MLB Picks: Expect A Low Scoring Match When Red-Hot Cubs Face Cardinals Rookie Starter

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, August 13, 2016 2:41 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 2:41 PM UTC

Our MLB handicapping expert preview’s Saturday’s game between the Cardinals and Cubs. Go inside to read this highly informative article which provides you with all the pertinent betting information.

St. Louis Cardinals vs CH Cubs 

A couple of fierce NL Central rivals will square off for a third of a four-game series on Saturday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Cubs have won each of their first two games of this set by scores of 4-3 on Thursday, and 13-2 yesterday afternoon.

Today will be the eleventh time these teams will have played each other in 2016, and thus far each club has won five times. Six of those ten games have stayed under the total, including three of four played in Chicago.

The Cubs sit atop the NL Central standings and have a massive 14.0 game lead over second-place St. Louis. Nevertheless, St. Louis is only one-half game behind Miami for the National League’s final wild-card spot.


Starting Pitchers
St. Louis will start 22-year-old right-hander Luke Walker today. Walker was the Cardinals top pick (27th overall) in the 2014 MLB draft out of Florida State. His minor league resume is certainly an impressive won, and it includes going 15-9 throughout thirty-eight starts while posting a superb 1.78 ERA. Weaver has split this season he’s between the Cardinals AA and AAA affiliates, going 7-3 in thirteen starts, and collecting an excellent 1.30 ERA.

Chicago will send right-hander Matt Hendricks to the mound for today’s matinee affair. The Cubs are 8-1 in their last nine games when Hendricks is their starting pitcher. The Cubs hurler has been a major contributor to that success, evidenced by his excellent 1.12 ERA during those outings. As a matter of fact, Hendricks has allowed no earned runs in five of his previous eight starts. He’s also loved pitching at Wrigley Field this year, proven by his spectacular 1.10 ERA in eleven starts.


Recent Uninspiring Baseball by Cards
St. Louis enters today having gone 4-9 over its last thirteen games. Luckily for them, Miami hasn’t been able to take advantage of their recent struggles. Despite losing the first two games of this series, St. Louis is still an exceptional 32-23 (.582) on the road in 2016, and that includes 3-2 at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals offensive production has stalled a bit of late, proven by their 3 runs or less scored in six of its preceding nine games. That’s certainly not good news, considering the Cubs are allowing a paltry 1.4 runs per game over its last seven contests.


Sizzling Hot
By virtue of Friday afternoon’s win, the Cubs have now won 11 games in a row and are also 14-1 over their previous fifteen. Cubs pitchers have allowed only 16 runs combined over their prior ten games. Chicago is 41-17 (.707) at home, 35-18 (.660) during day games, and 47-29 (.618) against right-handed starting pitchers.


Final Take
Current MLB betting odds have the Cubs as a -200 money line favorite. However, none of the major sportsbooks have posted a run line or total at the time of this writing. My lean would be toward this being a low scoring affair. Nonetheless, I won’t be using this game for one of my Saturday MLB picks.


Free MLB Pick: under 10.5 -105
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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