Date/Time: August 17th, 4:05 PM ET
Probable Starters: Kelly (St. Louis) vs. Wood (Chicago)
Moneyline: Cardinals -126
Total: Off the Board
Two of the biggest rivals in baseball are going to meet on Saturday as a part of the FOX Saturday Baseball betting festivities, as the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cards have a lot of problems right now. They haven’t strung together more than two consecutive wins since July 25th, and they have only won back to back games once in that stretch. They have been shut out four times in that stretch and have scored either one or two runs in seven other games. The NL Central is still up for grabs, but the rest of the field in the chase for the Wild Card is getting closer and closer with each passing day, and Manager Mike Matheny can’t be happy about that. RHP Joe Kelly gets the ball on Saturday afternoon for the eighth time this season as a starter. The righty is 3-3 with a 3.14 ERA, and he has really pitched well over the course of his last several starts. Kelly has allowed just five earned runs in total in his last five starts, each of which have lasted between 5.1 and 6.1 innings. Kelly isn’t going to overwhelm you with his stuff, but he is doing a nice job of keeping the Cards in games, something that they really need right now.
Chicago is trying to play the spoiler’s role at this point, and it is effectively really dealing blow after blow to its enemies. Sure, the Cubs got swept at home by the Cincinnati Reds to start off this week, but that’s something that hurts St. Louis more than it hurts them, to be truthful. Plus, the Cubbies have now take three out of four against the Redbirds dating back to August 9th when these two met in the Gateway to the West. The ball belongs to LHP Travis Wood on Saturday afternoon. Wood is only 7-9 on the season, and he has led the team to only a 9-15 record, but he deserves a whole heck of a lot better than that. The southpaw has a 3.00 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP this year, and on other teams, that could make him a Cy Young contender and a 15-game winner at the moment. Wood had a typical game to start this week against the Reds. He threw eight innings and allowed two runs on four hits, and in spite of that fine start, he was beaten because the team didn’t give him a single run of support.
Though Chicago hasn’t typically helped out Wood that much this year, Wood can help himself once again. The Cards are a significantly worse team against lefties than righties this year, batting almost 40 points lower and averaging almost a run and a half difference per nine innings against lefties as opposed to righties. We have to go with the Cubs on Saturday.
St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs Pick: Chicago Cubs +118
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