National League Central Division rivals meet up on Saturday night when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs. This is the third game of this series, and it has been the Cubs that have won the first two.
Not only have the Cubs won the first two games of this series, but they have also won seven straight games overall. The Cubs are now back over the .500 mark and are within striking distance of a playoff berth.
St. Louis has been a major disappointment this season, and they are now just 46-59 on the year. The Cardinals are going to start trading off players soon as they don’t have a shot at reaching the playoffs in either the division or the Wild Card.
The Cardinals are the moneyline betting favorites at -120 in game three of this series on Saturday night.
Cubs Doing it All Well
You don’t win seven games in a row by accident, and the Cubs have been doing everything well during this impressive run. Mike Tauchman robbed a home run on Friday night to end the game, and that was just one of several terrific defensive plays that night.
Cody Bellinger has been the best hitter in baseball in July, and he just continues to come up with some big hits. Patrick Wisdom belted a home run in the game on Friday, and this offense is rolling.
Jameson Taillon will make the start for the Cubs in this game, and he has gone just 4-6 with a whopping 5.75 ERA this season. The Cubs have been getting great pitching during thud stretch, and they need the veteran to continue to pitch well.
Cardinals Need Some Pitching
The St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of flaws this season, but the lack of pitching is the biggest issue. St. Louis has a team ERA of 4.61 on the year, and that’s just not going to get the job done.
Veteran Adam Wainwright will make the start in this game, and he is seeking career win 199. Wainwright has been terrible this season, with a 3-4 record to go along with an ERA over 7.00.
Nolan Arenado leads the Cardinals with 22 home runs this season, but he has also been the subject of trade rumors. The Cardinals are a good offensive team, but they haven’t been able to solve the Cubs yet.
Cardinals Get Some Revenge
The Cubs come into this game with a ton of momentum, but they only narrowly escaped with a win on Friday night. St. Louis would love nothing more than to stop this winning streak by the Cubs, and that is exactly what will happen in this one.
Adam Wainwright had struggled mightily this season, but he has beaten the Cubs a ton throughout his storied career. Look for the offense of the Cardinals to have a big day at the plate as well, and the Cubs simply won’t be able to keep pace.
Bet the St. Louis Cardinals at -120 on Saturday night as they finally beat the Cubs and get some revenge on their division rivals.