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Baseball Matchup - St. Louis Cardinals Chicago Cubs Odds Preview

Chicago Cubs

St. Louis Cardinals
66-94 September 28, 2013, 07:15 PM | Busch Stadium 95-65

St. Louis will try to be nasty hosts on Saturday when the Chicago Cubs pay a visit to Busch Stadium.

St. Louis hands the ball to starter Adam Wainwright in this one and he'll try to improve on his 18-9 mark on the year. Chicago counters with Edwin Jackson, who will try to quiet the fans and the Cardinals bats at the same time.

View Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds and Stats.

St. Louis was a -194 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 8.

This game matches up the No. 6 (Cardinals) and the No. 21 (Cubs) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

In their last action, Chicago was a 7-0 loser on the road against the Cardinals. Bettors on St. Louis at -168 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Cubs were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the St. Louis staff and losing 7-0 to the Cardinals on Friday at Busch Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis's No. 3 ranked offense (4.83 runs per game) against a Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 18 at 4.24 runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have been averaging 9.22 hits per game, more than the Cubs have managed so far this season (8.09 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the No. 8-rated road mark, allowing 3.95 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring at home.

A few Cubs at Cardinals trends to consider:
Chi Cubs is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs's last 13 games
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Chicago at St. Louis, Sunday, September 29th