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Lynn To Get First Start For Cardinals In 550 Days

Lance Lynn has not taken to an MLB mound in a very long time. The St. Louis Cardinals starter has been on the shelf since October 4, 2015, when he faces off against the Chicago Cubs Thursday. Lynn, who missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, looked good in Spring Training by posting a 1.20 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in 15.0 innings pitched.

SHARK BITES
  • John Lackey is 12-4 with a 2.02 ERA in 24 career starts at Busch Stadium.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Cubs' last 8 games against the Cardinals.
  • The Cardinals are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.

The Cubs will counter with former Cardinal John Lackey. The veteran right-hander pitched well against his former team last season, as Lackey posted a 2.03 ERA with a 0.938 WHIP and a 10.9 SO/P in four starts against the Cards last season.

The first two games in the series saw both teams pick up a one-run victory. Reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant has been struggling at the plate, as the third baseman has gone 0-for-9 with four strikeouts through the first two games. Yadier Molina has been the Cards most consistent bat with the catcher going 3-for-7 with two walks during the series.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

St. Louis was a 120 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at 5Dimes pick an opening over under number of 8.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Cardinals to win this game 4.9-3.3. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

1-1 St. Louis battles the Cubs, currently with a 1-1 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Chicago injuries news.

This game puts the St. Louis Cardinals, most recently No. 18 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Chicago Cubs, who rate a No. 2 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the St. Louis Cardinals No. 23-ranked scoring average of 2.5 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs offense rated No. 24 and scoring 2.5 runs per game. The Cardinals have averaged 7.5 hits per game to date this season, more than the Cubs hitters have managed (6.5 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and St. Louis has the No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 7 games
  • St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Milwaukee, Friday, April 7th
St. Louis home to Cincinnati, Friday, April 7th

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