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Chicago Cubs

St. Louis Cardinals
66-95 September 29, 2013, 02:15 PM | Busch Stadium 96-65

Busch Stadium hosts an MLB battle between the St. Louis Cardinals and the visiting Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

It's a pitching duel between Jake Westbrook for the Cardinals (7-8 on the year) and Jeff Samardzija for Chicago (8-12 so far).

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

On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, St. Louis sat as -188 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 7.5, according to 5Dimes.

The Cardinals sit at No. 6 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cubs sit at No. 21 on the same chart.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 6-2 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -200 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cubs endured a 6-2 loss at the hands of the Cardinals on Saturday, with Edwin Jackson throwing 2 2/3 innings of 8-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and St. Louis has baseball's No. 3-rated offensive output, at 9.22 hits per game. The Cubs average 8.09 hits per game, good for No. 29 on the list.

Defensively, Chicago features the No. 8-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.98 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 at home, scoring 4.68 runs per game.

A few Cubs at Cardinals trends to consider:
Chi Cubs is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs's last 14 games
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Chicago at , Wednesday, December 31st
St. Louis at , Wednesday, December 31st