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Cubs open as moneyline underdog vs Cardinals

St. Louis CardinalsChicago Cubs
Sep 21, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Odds

80-70TEAM RECORD58-92

Chicago will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the St. Louis Cardinals pay a visit to Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will turn to Chris Volstad and his 3-10 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Cardinals send Chris Carpenter (0-0) to the hill.

View St Louis vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Cubs in this one, they're listed as moneyline underdogs of +160 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 4-rated Cardinals taking on the National League's No. 15-rated Cubs in this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 15 ranked National League offense (3.8 runs per game) against a Cardinals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 6 in the National League at 4.1 runs allowed per game. The Cubs have been averaging 8.1 hits per game, less than the Cardinals have managed so far this season (9.4 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the National League's No. 14-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cardinals own the National League's No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

The Cardinals were a 5-4 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Astros. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -235 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors. The Cardinals enjoyed a 5-4 victory at the expense of the Astros on Thursday, with Jaime Garcia throwing 6 innings of 6-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Reds on September 20. Bettors who backed the Reds at -142 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Chicago didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-3 to Cincinnati on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing Houston are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

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

A few Cardinals at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis' last 8 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Chi Cubs' last 19 games when playing St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Chi Cubs, Saturday, September 22