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Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

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July 13, 7:15 PM | GrassWrigley Field

St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Odds

56-35TEAM RECORD41-50

The Chicago Cubs battle the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday in MLB betting action at Wrigley Field.

Lance Lynn, with a record of 11-3 on the season, gets the ball for the Cardinals, while the Cubs trot Matt Garza to the mound in this one. He is 5-1 so far in 2013.

View St Louis vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Cubs as +114 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 999 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 8-rated Cubs and the league No. 1-ranked Cardinals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Chicago's National League No. 7-ranked scoring average of 4.1 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 1 and scoring 4.9 runs per game in the league. The Cubs have averaged 8.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.3 per nine innings).

Defensively, St. Louis features the National League's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.6 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the National League at home, scoring 4.6 runs per game.

In their last action, St. Louis was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on St. Louis at -107 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Cardinals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Carlos Villanueva and the Cubs 3-2 on Friday at Wrigley Field.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 2-8
After a loss are 8-2

A few Cardinals at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of St. Louis' last 15 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
St. Louis is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chi Cubs' last 15 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Chi Cubs are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis at Chi Cubs, Sunday, July 14