Matchup: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
Date/Time: May 7th, 8:05 PM ET
Probable Starters: Lynn (St. Louis) vs. Wood (Chicago)
Moneyline: Cardinals -125
Two of the best and longest running rivals in baseball betting action will meet at Wrigley Field for the first game of a three-game set on Tuesday night, as the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cards enter this series with six wins in a row under their belts, and they most certainly are hitting the ball well. They only scored two runs in the first win of this run, but ever since, they have scored at least the same number of runs or more runs in each successive game. If that continues, that’s terrible news for the Cubbies. St. Louis finished this run at Miller Park, where it scored 10 runs against the Milwaukee Brewers. RHP Lance Lynn already has a 5-0 record this year, and the big righty is going to be looking for more in this one. He has pitched exactly seven innings in each of his last three starts, and he has only allowed a total of eight hits and two runs in that stretch. Lynn has a 2.95 ERA and a 39/15 K/BB ratio over the course of his 36.0 innings of works this season.
The Cubs snapped a four-game skid on Monday in a makeup game against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers clearly had no interest in coming to Chicago for this one game, losing 9-2 in a game that was never really all that close. It was the fourth straight game that exceeded the ‘total’ for the Cubs as well. Chicago is going to send LHP Travis Wood to the bump in this game. Wood only went 6-13 last year in his 156 innings of work, and this year, he is throwing a heck of a lot better in spite of the fact that his teammates really aren’t helping him. The North Siders have only given the southpaw a total of 11 runs of support in his last four starts. This season, Wood hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a game this season. He doesn’t really have the capacity to throw 120 pitches in a game, knowing that he hasn’t thrown more than 102 this year, but what we have seen from Wood, we have most certainly liked.
It really feels as though the Cardinals should be bigger favorites than this in this game. The oddsmakers almost seem like they know something that we don’t. Go with the Cubs in this one against St. Louis, and know that they should be able to get to Lynn just a bit to have a 50/50 chance or so to win this game.
St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs Pick: Chicago Cubs +112
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