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Cardinals at Cubs 4/16/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Posted on 15 April 2018 by David
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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs

MLB: 7:00 PM EST

Apr. 16, 2018

TV: ESPN
Latest Odds : CHC -140 O/U 8.5


The St. Louis Cardinals (8-7, 2nd NL Central) are on the road Monday to face the Chicago Cubs (7-7, 4th NL Central) in a National League Central showdown.

The Cardinals have won three straight against Cincinnati leading up to their Sunday final game of that four-game set. On Saturday the Cards downed the Reds 6-1, behind two homers off the bat of Greg Garcia. The Cards have now won four of their last five overall.

Chicago beat Atlanta on Saturday 14-10 and will meet the Braves on Sunday for the rubber match of that series, prior to hosting the Cardinals Monday. Javier Baez hit a bases clearing double to knock in three runs and the Cubs scored nine runs during the eighth inning with only three hits to win by four on a blustery, cold and wet day in the Windy City.

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Jose Martinez continues to be hot at the plate leading the Cardinals with a .373 batting average, 19 hits and 15 RBIs. Yadier Molina is the team leader in home runs with five. St. Louis has a team batting average of .249 while opposing batters are averaging .247 against Cardinals pitching. On Monday, the Cardinals will send Adam Wainwright to the mound. The right-hander on the season is 0-2 with an ERA of 5.06, 7 strikeouts and 4 walks.

Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with a batting average of .352 and 19 hits. Javier Baez has the team lead in home runs with four and RBIs with 14. Chicago has a team batting average of .238, while opposing batter are averaging .242 against Cubs pitching. On Monday, Chicago will send ace Jon Lester to the mound. The southpaw on the season is 1-0 with an ERA of 4.40, 11 strikeouts and 7 walks.

Recent Betting Trends:

St. Louis is 10-3 in the last 13 starts by Wainwright

The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the last 5 Cardinals games

Chicago is 15-7 in its last 22 games versus NL Central opponents

The OVER has cashed in each of the last 7 starts Lester has made at home for the Cubs

Free Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs -140

St. Louis has won just 1 of its last 9 games against Chicago and lost each of its last 5 at Wrigley Field. Wainwright is 0-2 on the season with an ERA above 5.00 and that spells trouble at Wrigley. Final Score Prediction, Chicago Cubs win high scoring game 6-4.

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