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Cardinals vs Cubs Odds & Picks for Sunday Night Baseball (June 5)

  • The St Louis Cardinals are -140 road favorites over the Chicago Cubs in the weekly MLB Sunday Night Baseball game on Sunday, June 5
  • Chicago and St Louis have split the first four games of this five-game series
  • All of the odds, picks, predictions and best bets are analyzed in the following story

It appears that the Chicago Cubs (23-31,11-19 home) are turning the tide on the St Louis Cardinals (31-23, 15-12 away). Chicago has won four of the last six games against St Louis. Prior to that stretch, the Cards won seven in a row over the Cubbies.

Chicago will seek to win a second straight series from the Cardinals as they play the fifth game of this weekend series in the Second City. Each team has won two games thus far in the set.

Oddsmakers, though, are going with the Redbirds. It’s St Louis that is set as the -140 favorite to take Sunday night’s rubber match. Chicago is 2-7 against the runline over the past nine games.

Cardinals vs Cubs Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total
St Louis Cardinals -140 -1.5 (-120) O 8.5 (+100)
Chicago Cubs +120 +1.5 (-140) U 8.5 (-120)

Odds as of June 5th at Caesars Sportsbook. See available Caesars promo codes.

First pitch at Wrigley Field is set for 7:08 pm ET on Sunday, June 5. In the forecast, there’s rain, 3 mph wind and a temperature of 72 degrees.

At odds of -140, the Cardinals are offering an implied probability of victory of 58.33. A successful $10 wager on the Cardinals would be producing a return of $17.10.

In MLB betting trends, in both the moneyline and spread splits, public betting is backing the Cardinals at 52%. The public is also leaning toward the under at a rate of 52%.

As far as the NL Division odds go, the Cardinals are the +280 second betting option in the NL Central. The Cubs are the third betting choice but at a distant betting line of +6000. In the World Series odds, St Louis is 13th at odds of +3000.

St Louis vs Chicago Probable Pitchers

Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright has led the NL in complete games in each of the past two seasons. He’s worked seven innings in three of his past five starts.

Wainwright was 3-1 in May with a 1.69 ERA. He has allowed a home run in three of his last four starts, though.

Wainwright is 3-2  with  3.10 ERA on the road this season. Over his career, Wainwright has made 53 appearances against the Cubs, including 44 starts. He’s 17-13 with a 3.93 ERA. As well, he’s 12-5 with a 4.06 ERA over 28 appearances at Wrigley Field that include 23 starts.

Wainwright vs Steele

5-4 Record 1-5
2.75 ERA 5.40
3.76 xERA 3.48
1.19 WHIP 1.58
2.40 SO/W Ratio 2.00

Cubs lefty Justin Steele got the win in a 9-0 shutout of the Milwaukee Brewers on April 9. In nine starts since he’s 0-5 with a 6.17 ERA.

In his last two starts. Steele has been roughed up for 10 earned runs over seven innings pitched. That works out to a 12.86 ERA.

In four home starts this season, he’s 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA. Agains St Louis, Steele has made one start and is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA.

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Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers

Cardinals Batters Batting Average vs Steele Cubs Batters Batting Average vs Waiwright
Nolan Arenado .333 Willson Contreras .174
Harrison Bader .500 Clint Frazier .000
Corey Dickerson .000 Ian Happ .400
Brendan Donovan .000 Jason Heyward .357
Tommy Edman .667 PJ Higgins .000
Paul Goldschmidt .333 Nico Hoerner .250
Nolan Gorman .000 Nick Madrigal .000
Andrew Knizner .000 Christopher Morel .000
Yadier Molina .000 Rafael Ortega .667
Lars Nootbaar .000 Alfonso Rivas .000
Albert Pujols .000 Frank Schwindel .000
Edmundo Sosa .000 Andrelton Simmons .077
Juan Yepez .000 Patrick Wisdom .000

St Louis slugger Paul Goldschmidt saw his hitting streak snapped at 25 games in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. He did get a hit in nightcap Goldschmidt is 1-for-3 (.333) with a homer and two RBI when facing Steele.

Other Cardinals who’ve hit Steele well include Tommy Erdman (2-for-3, .667), Harrison Bader (1-for-2, .500) and Nolan Arenado (1-for-3, .333).

For the Cubs, Ian Happ has absolutely ripped the cover off the ball against Wainwright. He’s 8-for-20 (.400) with four homers and six RBI. That includes a pair of multi-homer games.

Jason Heyward is 15-for-42 (.357) with a homer and seven RBI. Rafael Ortega is 2-for-3 (.667). Although he’s hitting only .174, Willson Contreras has twice gone deep off of Wainwright.

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Cardinals vs Cubs Prediction

 

Cubs southpaw Justin Steele has been dreadful in his last two starts. He’s winless since April 9 and shows a double-digit ERA when facing St Louis.

On the other hand, St Louis veteran Adam Wainwright has proven to be a success story when on the hill at Wrigley.

Best to go with the proven track record in this one.

Pick: St Louis Cardinals ML (-140)

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Author: Micheal May