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Joe Kelly vs Jeff Samardzija matchup featured in MLB action

St. Louis CardinalsChicago Cubs
July 28, 1:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Odds

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The visiting Cardinals hope for a solid performance on Saturday as they look to steal a win at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs will rely on Jeff Samardzija to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Joe Kelly will be his counterpart for the Cardinals. Jeff Samardzija is 7-8 this season, and Joe Kelly is 1-3.

View St Louis vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Chicago sat as +105 underdogs. The total was set at 999.

Power Rankings:
The Cubs sit at No. 14 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cardinals sit at a National League No. 5 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Chicago's National League No. 15-ranked scoring average of 3.7 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 1 and scoring 4.9 runs per game in the league. The Cubs have averaged 8.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.6 per nine innings).

Chicago owns the National League's No. 10 defense, allowing 4.5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with St. Louis' National League No. 6-rated defense.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 9-6 winner as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -162 were rewarded, while the 15 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cardinals enjoyed a 9-6 victory at the expense of the Cubs on Friday, with Lance Lynn throwing 5 innings of 8-hit ball at Wrigley Field.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

A few Cardinals at Cubs trends to consider:
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
Chi Cubs are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 10 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis at Chi Cubs, Sunday, July 29