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The division rival St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs are set to renew hostilities on Friday when they meet at Wrigley Field.

The Cardinals will give the ball to starter Jake Westbrook in this one. Righthander Westbrook is 7-6 this season with a 3.48 ERA.

The Cubs will counter Westbrook with Jake Arrieta. Righthander Arrieta has a 6.07 ERA to go along with a 1-2 record this season.

St. Louis won its last outing, a 6-5 result against the Pirates on August 15. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -117 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 5-0 result against the Reds on August 14. Bettors who backed the Reds at -141 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
St. Louis: 69-51 SU
Chicago: 52-68 SU

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
St. Louis is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games
St. Louis is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Chi Cubs's last 21 games
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games

Next up:
Chi Cubs home to St. Louis, Saturday, August 17