One of the best rivalries in all of baseball takes place this week. Tuesday marks game two of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals series. When these two teams get together, things are always interesting. The Cubs have the targets on their backs this year. Chicago is 9-3 on the season and sitting on top of the NL Central. The Cardinals are always competing to win the division and after losing their first three, are 7-5 and 2nd place in the NL Central. Chicago will pitch Jason Hammel and the Cardinals have Jamie Garcia on the bump this Tuesday. Find out the latest MLB online betting odds here.
Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals MLB Run Lines
When: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Where: Busch Stadium in St. Louis
Radio: KMOX 1120
Starting Pitchers: Hammel vs. Garcia
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet the Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are getting a lot of hype this season for their offense. Kris Bryant is an all star level 3rd baseman. Anthony Rizzo is one of the best first basemen in the league. Add in Dexter Fowler, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward — and this team has the tools to win many baseball games. Jason Hammel looked good in his last outing and is currently 1-0 with a .75 ERA on the season. The Cubs are on the road but are 5-1 this season away from Wrigley. Anytime they play in St. Louis, they bring a little something extra to feed the rivalry.
Why Bet the Cardinals
The Cardinals have been the best team in the NL Central for nearly a decade. This year, they have quite a different dynamic with many young (no-name) type players. They are led by youngsters Stephen Piscotty and Randall Grichuck. But veterans like Molina and Holliday are still contributing. Jamie Garcia looked brilliant in his last outing and is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA on the season. The Cardinals are traditionally a really good team at Busch Stadium and look for them to continue that on Tuesday.
Expert Score & Pick Prediction
When the Cardinals and Cubs get together you can throw out history, trends, stats and everything. Anything can happen in these games. Both teams “hate” each other but respect each other. For the first time in a long time, the Cubs are actually getting the hype as a better team than the Cardinals. This should provide a little motivation to the Cardinals, playing the underdog role. Look for Garcia to be sharp and look for the Cardinal young hitters to get after Hammel. Game two will go to the Cardinals — you can bet St. Louis moneyline on Tuesday. The final score will be Cardinals 6 and Cubs 4.