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Cubs vs Cardinals Baseball Game Preview

Chicago Cubs

St. Louis Cardinals
66-93 September 27, 2013, 08:15 PM | Busch Stadium 94-65

St. Louis will look to improve on its 94-65 record when take on Chicago, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Friday.

Travis Wood, with a record of 9-11 on the season, gets the ball for the Cubs, while the Cardinals trot Lance Lynn to the mound in this one. He is 14-10 so far in 2013.

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

Those going with the Cardinals in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -182 at TopBet for Friday's contest. The total was hovering near 7 at Bovada.

The Cardinals - Cubs odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. St. Louis is rated No. 6 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Chicago is at No. 21.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Pirates at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at +156 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chicago rolled to a 4-2 win against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, as Jake Arrieta and the Cubs' bats led the team to victory at Wrigley Field.

In their last action, St. Louis was a 4-1 winner at home against the Nationals. Bettors on St. Louis at -121 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. St. Louis looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Nationals, a 4-1 final on Wednesday in support of Shelby Miller at Busch Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits St. Louis's No. 3-rated offense, averaging 4.82 runs per game, against a Cubs defense that ranks No. 16 at 4.23 in runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have averaged 9.21 hits per game so far, more than Cubs batters have averaged on the year (8.1 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the No. 7-rated road mark, allowing 3.91 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

A few Cubs at Cardinals trends to consider:
Chi Cubs is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs's last 12 games
Chi Cubs is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games on the road
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of St. Louis's last 14 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chicago at St. Louis, Saturday, September 28th