If the pro baseball season where to come to a close at the end of the first half, it would be the St. Louis Cardinals who would be considered MLB betting favorites to win it all. History has shown, though, that teams who look great through July suddenly falter coming down the home stretch. There will be a ton of moves made at the trade deadline that can change things dramatically, but for now, the Cardinals will head to Chicago to play the Cubs in a 4-game series with hopes of extending their lead in the NL Central. Game 3 of the series will go on Wednesday night.
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs MLB Odds Preview & TV InfoTime: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ETVenue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IllinoisNational TV: noneOpening MLB Odds: St. Louis +125, Chicago -135Last week was the first time that a few chinks started to appear in the armor of the St. Louis Cardinals (54-28). We have mentioned several times throughout the year their ability to continue winning in spite of getting hit by major injuries, but last week there were signs that the offensive replacements were starting to buckle under the pressure a little. The Cards experienced their first 4-game losing streak of the season, but to their credit, they rebounded by winning 3 in a row, including the first game in this series. They can look forward to some offensive help, as Matt Holliday is expected back from injury sooner rather than later. Michael Wacha (10-3, 2.66 ERA) is expected to get the start for St. Louis on Wednesday. Wacha was excellent in his last start, giving up 1 earned run in 7 innings.The Chicago Cubs (44-37) have once again proven to be a resilient bunch despite the fact that they are a pretty young group of guys. They could have very easily fallen apart under the weight of a 5-game losing streak, but instead, they bounced back to go 5-2 in the 7 games following that poor run. The offense got a nice boost with the addition of Clayton Richards from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but in order for this team to be a serious contender, they are going to have to go shopping for some arms at the trade deadline. By all accounts, they seem prepared to stand pat and go with the guys that got them there, as they are still committed to giving youth a chance. It’s certainly a noble cause, but you have to wonder if it is one that will hurt them in the second half of the season. Jason Hammel (5-4, 2.89 ERA) will get the start for the Cubs as he looks to break out of a 2-game losing skid.
Key Betting Trends
- St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs’s last 11 games at home