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MLB betting line favors Cardinals over Cubs

Chicago CubsSt. Louis Cardinals
July 21, 7:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

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The St. Louis Cardinals will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Chicago Cubs invade Busch Stadium on Saturday.

Matt Garza, with a record of 5-7 on the season, gets the ball for the Cubs, while the Cardinals trot Jake Westbrook to the mound in this one. He is 7-8 so far in 2012.

View Chi Cubs vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
St. Louis opened as -145 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 9.

Power Rankings:
The Cardinals - Cubs odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. St. Louis is rated No. 4 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Chicago is at No. 14 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Cubs rank No. 9 in the National League at 8.4 hits per game. That compares with St. Louis’s No. 1 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the National League's No. 11-rated road mark, allowing 4.8 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -149 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Cubs endured a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Cardinals on Friday, with Ryan Dempster throwing 6 innings of 7-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

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

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

A few Cubs at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
Chi Cubs are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs' last 14 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 7 games at home
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at St. Louis, Sunday, July 22