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Cubs are Sitting Pretty, But Cardinals’ Playoff Chances are Dwindling

The Chicago Cubs likely won’t field many of their star players for the finale of their four-game road series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, but the matchup is huge for the Cardinals as their playoff hopes are hanging by a thread.

Shark Bites
  • The Cubs are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games against right-handed starting pitchers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Cubs’ last nine games on the road with Kyle Hendricks as the starting pitcher.
  • The Cardinals are 1-7 SU in their last eight games with Lance Lynn as the starting pitcher.

Kyle Hendricks and Lance Lynn are expected to get the nod for the Cubbies and Cardinals, respectively. Hendricks (7-5, 3.14 ERA) could be in line to start Chicago’s playoff opener, so tonight’s game will be an important tune-up for him. The hurler is 4-4 with a tiny 2.25 ERA in his last eight outings, which have all been quality starts.

Lynn (11-8, 3.47) has been on the opposite side of the fence lately, winning only once over his previous nine outings. Lynn is coming off one of the worst starts of his career when he was tagged for eight runs and six hits while recording only two outs in a setback to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

This NL Central rivalry hasn’t exactly been competitive of late. In the last eight meetings between the Cubs and Cardinals, Chicago is 7-1 SU.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5.9-3.3 win for the Cubs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

St. Louis (82-76) will face the 89-69 Cubs in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Chicago injuries news.

The St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs odds would favor the Cardinals if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. St. Louis is rated No. 5 in the current OddsShark poll, while Chicago is at No. 12.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits the St. Louis Cardinals' No. 13-rated offense, averaging 4.74 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs defense that ranks No. 10 at 4.35 in runs allowed per game. The St. Louis Cardinals have averaged 8.72 hits per game so far, more than Chicago Cubs batters have averaged on the year (8.7 hits per game).

St. Louis owns the No. 8 defense, allowing 4.74 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's No. 10-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago got the job done in their last match in a 5-1 victory over St. Louis on Wednesday at New Busch Stadium behind starter John Lackey.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games
  • Chi Cubs is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis's last 9 games
  • St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Cincinnati, Friday, September 29
St. Louis home to Milwaukee, Friday, September 29