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MLB BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday when the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals meet at Busch Stadium.

The Cubs will give the ball to starter Carlos Villanueva in this one. Righthander Villanueva is 1-7 this season with a 4.39 ERA.

Villanueva's opponent in this one will be Michael Wacha. The Cardinals righthander has a 4.58 ERA to go along with a 1-0 record this season.

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.

Current streak:
St. Louis has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 51-64 SU
St. Louis: 66-49 SU

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

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