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Wacha and the Cardinals try to avoid getting lit up again by the Cubs

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Cubs vs Cardinals Betting Odds May 6 2018

The Chicago Cubs venture into the River City tonight to face the St. Louis Cardinals and coming off four straight losses, the Cubbies will send righty Jon Lester to the bump to get them back on the winning track. Lester got a win against the Cardinals lineup last month and sports a career 2.16 ERA in 15 starts vs St. Louis. Despite those factors, the Cubs are slight dogs to get the victory in the Lou.

SHARK BITES
  • The Cubs are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games vs the Cardinals.
  • St. Louis is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of Chicago’s last 10 games.

The Cubs are trying to salvage a win vs their division rival after dropping the first two games of the series. Hitting for Chicago has dropped off a bit in May as the squad is only hitting .206 in five games and sits tied for second last in the NL in hits in that span. Offensively, the Cubs should be able to correct that and having Lester on the mound should help keep the Cardinals in check after they exploded for four runs in two innings vs Chicago’s bullpen last night. Lester has held the Cardinals to a collective .229 batting average in his career and has done well in night games early this season with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

As for St. Louis, they’ll send Michael Wacha to the hill to try and sweep the series. Wacha has yet to pitch vs the Cubbies this season but over the last three seasons, he has been a dumpster fire with a 2-6 record in 11 starts, a bloated 7.90 ERA and Cubs batters are hitting .291 on him during that span. With bad news coming down that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will be headed to the DL, it could be a long night for Wacha.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the St. Louis Cardinals as -120 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8.5 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 2.9-2.6 win for the Cubs on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

19-12 St. Louis battles the Cubs, currently with a 16-14 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Chicago injuries news.

This game puts the St. Louis Cardinals, most recently No. 10 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Chicago Cubs, who rate a No. 4 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis Cardinals No. 12 ranked offense (4.61 runs per game) against a Chicago Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 9 at 4.07 runs allowed per game. The St. Louis Cardinals have been averaging 7.84 hits per game, less than the Chicago Cubs have managed so far this season (8.63 hits on average).

St. Louis owns the No. 4 defense, allowing 4.61 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's No. 9-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago lost in extra innings against the Cardinals on Saturday as St. Louis edged them 8-6 at New Busch Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 10 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Miami, Monday, May 7th
St. Louis home to Minnesota, Monday, May 7th

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