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Aug 19, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Odds

66-58TEAM RECORD54-70

Wrigley Field hosts an MLB battle between the Chicago Cubs and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Randy Wells gets the call for the Chicago Cubs and he will try to build on a 4-4 mark. In the other dugout, Jamie Garcia brings a 10-6 ledger to the game for the Cardinals as he tries to quiet the Cubs bats.

View St Louis vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 135 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 999 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Cubs sit at No. 11 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cardinals sit at a National League No. 6 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has the National League's No. 9-rated offensive output, at 9 hits per game. The Cardinals average 9.3 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the National League list.

Chicago owns the National League's No. 15 defense, allowing 4.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with St. Louis' National League No. 9-rated defense.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 7-2 winner as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -143 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. St. Louis looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Pirates, a 7-2 final on Wednesday in support of Kyle Lohse at PNC Park.

The Cubs were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Astros. That made winners of bettors who got Houston at -115 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Chicago suffered a 4-3 loss against Houston on Wednesday, as Casey Coleman wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Minute Maid Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing St. Louis are 2-8
After playing Houston are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Cardinals at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 9 of St. Louis' last 11 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games when playing St. Louis
Chi Cubs are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 12 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis at Chi Cubs, Saturday, August 20