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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Game Preview 05/05/19


The St. Louis Cardinals will face off against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, Sunday night to close down a three-game series. Adam Wainwright will get the ball for the Cardinals, while Jose Quintana will take the hill for the Cubs. The tip-off is set at 7:08 PM ET.  MLB: Sunday, May 5, 2019, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, 7:08 PM ET

The Cardinals are looking to finish a seven-game journey in a strong fashion

The St. Louis Cardinals were helpless against Kyle Hendricks in the opening game of the series, recording just four hits in a 4-0 loss which was their second straight defeat following five wins in a row. Jack Flaherty pitched 5.2 innings to strike out nine along with four walks while allowing four hits and three earned runs to record his second loss on the season. The Cardinals are tallying 5.12 runs per game (8th in the league), a .264 batting average (tied-3rd), and a .342 on-base percentage (also tied-3rd). They are allowing 4.16 runs in a return (8th in the league) with a 4.04 ERA (12th) and a 1.28 WHIP (11th).

Adam Wainwright will take the mound for the Cardinals tonight, and the right-hander is 3-2 in six starts this season with a 3.73 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, 27 strikeouts, and 12 walks, allowing 30 hits and 13 earned runs in 31.1 innings of work. Wainwright is 15-10 in his 36 starts against the Cubs with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP, while he’s 151-87 in a career with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. The Cardinals are 7-3 in Wainwright’s previous ten starts and 12-5 in his previous 17 starts against the Cubs. Marcell Ozuna is leading the Cardinals’ bats with ten home runs, 29 RBIs, a .270 batting average, and a .357 on-base percentage.

The Cubs won the opener thanks to Kyle Hendricks’ tremendous display

The Chicago Cubs outlasted the Cardinals in the opening game of the series to record their fifth straight victory. Kyle Hendricks tossed a complete-game shutout and needed just 81 pitches, while he allowed four hits to the Cardinals. Just two days earlier, the Cubs thrashed off the Seattle Mariners 11-0 and Jon Lester gave up only one hit in seven innings of work. The Cubs are allowing 4.21 runs per contest (11th in the league) with a 3.75 ERA (7th) and a 1.32 WHIP (15th). On the other side, they are tallying 5.66 runs per game (2nd in the league), a .257 batting average (tied-6th), and a .350 on-base percentage (tied-1st).

Jose Quintana will toe the slab for the Cubs tonight, and the left-hander is 3-1 in five starts this season with a 3.48 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, 38 strikeouts, and nine walks, allowing 32 hits and 13 earned runs in 33.2 innings of work. Quintana is 4-3 in eight starts against the Cardinals with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP, while the Cubs are 7-4 in his previous 11 starts. Jason Heyward and Javier Baez are leading the way for the Cubs’ bats this season. Heyward has 28 hits, 16 RBIs, a .315 batting average, and a .422 on-base percentage, while Baez has 39 hits, 25 RBIs, ten home runs, a .312 batting average, and a .348 on-base percentage.

Trends:

St Louis Cardinals:

•     5-15 in the last 20 road meetings with the Cubs

•     1-4 in the previous five matchups with the Cubs overall

Chicago Cubs:  

•     7-2 in the last nine games overall

•     7-3 in the last ten home meetings with the NL Central

  • 14-6 in Jose Quintana’s last 20 starts at home

The Winner Prediction

The Cubs have been pretty successful against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field lately, winning 15 of the previous 20 encounters. Both teams are playing in a good form at the moment and will start a couple of great pitchers, so I expect to see a tight battle. Therefore, I’m taking the Cubs, hoping they will continue with a strong performance at home, while they’ve won 14 of Jose Quintana’s previous 20 starts at Wrigley Field.

The Pick: Chicago Cubs (-135)  

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