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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Tuesday when the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals meet at Busch Stadium.
The Cubs will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Jeff Samardzija in this game. Samardzija has a 3-7 record and a 3.46 ERA this season.
Samardzija's opponent in this one will be Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals righthander has a 2.18 ERA to go along with a 10-3 record this season.
Chicago lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Cardinals on June 17. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -210 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Chicago has lost 2 straight games.
Chicago: 28-40 SU
St. Louis: 45-25 SU
Chicago most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6
St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After a win are 3-7
A few trends to consider:
Chi Cubs are 5-10 SU in their last 15 games
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Chi Cubs are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 10 of St. Louis's last 14 games
St. Louis home to Chi Cubs, Wednesday, June 19