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Martinez Has Been on Cruise Control of Late

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs know each other very well, and the NL Central rivals are set to face each other in seven of their final 16 contests with the first meeting taking place Friday afternoon in the Windy City. Sportsbooks opened the Cubbies as -114 home faves for the tilt.

Shark Bites
  • The Cardinals are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against the Cubs.
  • The Cardinals are 5-2 SU in their last seven games with Carlos Martinez as the starting pitcher.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the Cubs’ last five games after winning the previous game in a matchup.

Carlos Martinez and John Lackey are expected to get the nod in this one. Martinez (11-10, 3.33 ERA) recently became the first St. Louis pitcher since Steve Carlton in 1969 to reach 200 strikeouts in a season at the age of 25 or younger. The two-time all-star has been fantastic in the month of September, posting a 1.20 ERA while fanning 18 and holding opponents to a .135 batting average.

Lackey (11-11, 4.65) has fared well recently too, evidenced by the veteran giving up two runs and seven hits while striking out 14 in as many innings in September. Lackey is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts this season vs the Cards, allowing two runs over seven innings against them in a no-decision on June 2.

While the Cardinals have enjoyed a ton of success lately, the Cubs have still had their number. In the previous six meetings between the rivals, the Cubbies are 5-1 SU.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.9-3.5 win for the Cubs on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Chicago (80-66) will face the 77-69 Cardinals in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs St. Louis injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Chicago Cubs and the league No. 5-ranked St. Louis Cardinals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits the Chicago Cubs' No. 5-rated offense, averaging 5.11 runs per game, against a St. Louis Cardinals defense that ranks No. 7 at 4.22 in runs allowed per game. The Chicago Cubs have averaged 8.69 hits per game so far, less than St. Louis Cardinals batters have averaged on the year (8.74 hits per game).

Defensively, St. Louis features the No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.53 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 at home, scoring 5.4 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

St. Louis looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Reds, a 5-2 final on Thursday in support of Luke Weaver at New Busch Stadium.

The Cubs enjoyed a 14-6 victory at the expense of the Mets on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis's last 8 games
  • St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games at home
  • Chi Cubs is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis at Chicago, Saturday, September 16

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