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Cubs continue MLB series in St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals will be up against the Chicago Cubs and starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva on Saturday night as the division rivals continue their MLB betting series.

Righthander Villanueva is just 2-8 with a 4.16 ERA on the season, but in his career against the Cardinals he's 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 28 appearances. Villanueva held St. Louis to two runs on four hits over six innings in his July 12 outing.

For the Cardinals, Michael Wacha gets the ball, charged with keeping the Cubs hitters off the base paths.

View Chi Cubs vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The moneyline was hovering in the range of -200 for the Cardinals in this one over at TopBet. The over under number was sitting near 8.5 at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 1-rated Cardinals and the league No. 10-ranked Cubs, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and St. Louis has the National League's No. 1-rated offensive output, at 9.4 hits per game. The Cubs average 8.2 hits per game, good for No. 13 on the National League list.

St. Louis owns the National League's No. 3 defense, allowing 3.7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's National League No. 9-rated defense.

The Cubs were a 3-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +195 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Chris Rusin chucked 6 shutout innings at the Cardinals in their last game, striking out 5 in a 3-0 win against St. Louis in baseball action at Busch Stadium.

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

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

A few Cubs at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Chi Cubs' last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis' last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at St. Louis, Sunday, August 11

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