Cardinals vs. Cubs Saturday Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, 7/21/2018 Prediction & Odds

After Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals racked up 18 runs against the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon, will Saturday's matinee between the rivals fall under the total for bettors? The clubs will meet again at Wrigley Field at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Game Snapshot & Odds

983 St. Louis Cardinals (+100) at 984 Chicago Cubs (-120)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

1:05 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field

TV: STL (FSMW); CHC (WGN)

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Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cubs as a -120 favorite. As of this writing, 68% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cubs to beat the Cardinals 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' Weaver sharp again in loss to White Sox

Luke Weaver allowed just one run and struck out seven over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the White Sox. It was the second straight quality outing from Weaver, who held the Giants to two runs on two hits over eight innings last Thursday in an 11-2 runaway victory. Unfortunately, the St. Louis offense couldn't manage a single run of support for him on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Weaver finishes the first half in a good grove and could be poised to meet the preseason hype after the All-Star break.

Cubs' Chatwood allows three runs to Padres

Tyler Chatwood gave up three runs in five innings Friday in his start against the Padres. Chatwood took his sixth no-decision in seven starts. He hasn't won since May 11, thought the Cubs have prevailed in his last three starts (and nine out of 17 overall). It's becoming more and more likely that the Cubs will pick up a starter and send Chatwood to the bullpen in August.

MLB Betting Trends

St. Louis

Despite winning on Friday, the Cardinals are still just 3-11 in their last 14 games played at Wrigley Field.

Chicago

The Cubs are 6-2 in Chatwood's last eight starts but are just 2-5 in his last seven outings against the rest of the National League Central.

Prediction:

The over has been a great play when these two teams meet, cashing in four of the last five meetings and in each of the first two games of this series. That said, Lance Barksdale is one of the better 'under' umpires in the game. The under is 33-15-6 in Barksdale's last 54 games behind home plate. After both teams. The total for this game has yet to be released but after the Cardinals' barrage of runs yesterday, I expect the number to be slightly inflated. I'm taking the under.

 

The Pick: Cardinals/Cubs Game 1 under

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