Chicago vs St. Louis MLB Opening Lines
When you have a team that consists of a few rookies, the expectation is that there are going to be some growing pains on the way to being good. That has not been the case for the Chicago Cubs this season, as their young stars have very much delivered ahead of schedule. The Cubs are playoff bound to the joy of their MLB betting fans, and will get a good test when they close out a 3-game series in St. Louis on Wednesday.
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals MLB Opening Lines
Date/Time: Wednesday September 9, 1:45 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, Saint Louis, Missouri
Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network
Opening Lines: Saint Louis -122, Chicago +112
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Baseball fans have been waiting all season for the moment when the Cubs (79-57) wake up and realize that they are not where they are supposed to be. Sure, everyone knew that they had compiled some incredible young talent, but the general consensus was that it would be at least another year before they would be able to compete. This is a team that is way ahead of schedule, and who showed just what they are capable of when they hammered the Cardinals 9-0 in the first game of this series. That win gives the Cubs 31 runs in their last 4 games, all of which they have won.
Even if they were somehow able to pull off a dramatic sweep here, they would likely still have to settle for a Wild Card spot, as they would still be 5.5 games out of first place. Jon Lester (9-10, 3.59 ERA) will be trying to make it back to back wins when he starts on Wednesday.
The last few days have allowed us to witness something that hasn’t happened very often this seasons, which is a St. Louis Cardinals (87-50) losing streak. With their loss to the Cubs on Monday, the Cardinals are now on a run where they have lost 4 of their last 5. While this is certainly not a reason to panic, the losses have come against teams that they may have to face if they want to make it to the World Series. The team that takes the field in the playoffs might be a little different than the one they are fielding now, though, as the Cardinals are starting to get a number of players back to full fitness.
The big question is how much they are going to be willing to tinker with a line-up that has been delivering the goods all season long. Carlos Martinez (13-7, 3.04 ERA) will be trying to bounce back from a bit of a slump that has seen him go 1-3 in his last 4 starts.
Key Betting Trends
- Chi Cubs is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Chi Cubs is 3-6-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing St. Louis
- Chi Cubs is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
- St. Louis is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
- St. Louis is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
- St. Louis is 8-2-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
You just start to wonder of the Cardinals have become a little too comfortable with their lead at this stage of the season. While I don’t see them coming close to losing the division, I do see them taking the loss in this game.