Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals MLB Lines Guide

Posted by Aaron . on June 21, 2016 in

On Tuesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals play their second game in their midweek MLB betting spread series against the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals just got swept at home by the Texas Rangers over the weekend, losing all three games by a single run. The Cubs remain atop the National League Central and have the best record in MLB.

How To Bet the Cardinals @ Cubs MLB Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 8:05pm Eastern time
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
TV: MLB Network, FS-M
Radio: Cubs and Cardinals
Live Stream: FoxSportsGo
Pitching Matchup: Adam Wainwright (5-4, 4.78 ERA) (STL) vs Jason Hammel (7-2, 2.26 ERA) (CHI)
MLB Odds: Cubs -140

Why should you bet on the Cardinals?

Despite that unsightly ERA next to Adam Wainwright’s name, he has been pitching more effectively as of late. On Wednesday, he held the Houston Astros scoreless over seven innings, permitting four hits and three walks and fanning six men, but he did not get the decision. The Cardinals hit .316 with men in scoring position, which is the top average in the National League. Their bullpen has been letting them down lately, as they blew leads in two of the three losses to Texas over the weekend, but Wainwright pitches deep enough into games to get to the setup man and the closer.

Why should you put your money on the Cubs?

Jake Arrieta has been getting the lion’s share of the press in the starting rotation, but Hammel has been just about as tough to hit. On Wednesday, he breezed through the hefty lineup of the Washington Nationals, permitting a single run on five hits and four walks. Even though he was denied his eighth win of the season thanks to a lack of run support, he definitely put the Cubs in a position to win. The Nationals have a much stouter lineup than the Cardinals do, so Hammel looks set to have another strong outing this time.

My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Cards and the Cubbies have been rivals for decades now, although St. Louis has done much better in the W-L and the World Series total than Chicago. This season, though, the Cubs seem ready to run roughshod right over their foes, and when Arrieta, Lester and Hammel are the starter, it’s brave to pick the other team. I’m predicting a 3-1 Cubs victory.