Cardinals vs. Cubs Monday Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, 4/16/2018 Prediction & Odds

One the best rivalries in baseball will be renewed tonight at Wrigley Field when the Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:05 p.m. ET. Will the red-hot Cardinals pull off the upset in Chicago?

Game Snapshot & Odds

909 St. Louis Cardinals at 910 Chicago Cubs

Monday, April 16, 2018

7:05 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field

TV: FSMW (STL); CHC (WGN)

Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Cubs as a -132 favorite. As of this writing, 54% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals to beat the Cubs on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Cardinals' Wainwright coming off much better outing

Adam Wainwright yielded three earned runs over seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the Brewers. It was a much sharper outing than his regular-season debut last Thursday against the Diamondbacks, in which he lasted just 3 2/3 innings and walked four batters. Wainwright issued no free passes on Wednesday and struck out four, though the Brewers did tag him for eight hits -- including two home runs.

Quotable: "That's how I pitched all spring training," Wainwright told reporters after his start against the Brewers on April 11. "(The first start of the year) was the anomaly -- not this one. I expect to go out and carry us deep into games."

Cubs' Chatwood not sharp in previous start vs. Pirates

Tyler Chatwood yielded five runs over five innings in a loss to the Pirates on Tuesday. Chatwood only walked one batter this time, but he gave up nine hits, including a solo homer to Starling Marte. The 28-year-old had some momentum as a fantasy sleeper after leaving Coors Field behind, but the results have been mixed through two starts.

Quotable: "We haven't gotten any depth (from starters)," Joe Maddon said Saturday. "We're surviving it and I look at that as a positive because they're so good and they're going to turn it on and they're going to get on a nice little roll."

MLB Betting Trends

St. Louis

The Cardinals are 11-4 in Wainwright's last 15 starts against the Cubs and have won 13 of his last 18 road starts versus Chicago as well.

Chicago

The Cubs are a perfect 5-0 in their last five games versus the Cardinals in Chicago and have won eight of their last nine games versus St. Louis overall.

Prediction:

The Cardinals are 7-3 in Wainwright's last 10 starts, are 4-1 in his last five road starts and are 44-20 in his last 64 outings versus the rest of the National League Central. Meanwhile, the Cubs are winless in their last five home games when facing a right-hander and given the fog that this team is in at the start of the year, I'll roll the dice on the hotter team getting plus odds.

 

The Pick: St. Louis Cardinals +122

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