Cubs vs. Cardinals Saturday Prediction
The St. Louis Cardinals took the first game of their three-game series with the visiting Chicago Cubs but can they make it two in a row against their rivals? The clubs meet again on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET.
Game Snapshot & Odds
901 Chicago Cubs (-101) at St. Cardinals (-109); 8.5 runs
Saturday, July 28, 2018
4:05 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field
TV: CHC (CSNC); STL (FSMW)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Twins as a -118 favorite. As of this writing, 60% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Twins 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.
Cubs' Quintana notches win over Cards in last start
Jose Quintana held the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings Sunday for his ninth win of the season. Quintana issued four walks and surrendered six hits, but he mostly prevented the Cardinals from inflicting major damage as the Cubs took the rubber match of a big five-game set against their arch rival. Quintana entered the All-Star break with some shoulder fatigue, but he got nearly two weeks off between his final start of the first half and this outing Sunday. The 29-year-old left-hander will carry a decent 3.87 ERA into his next turn Friday at St. Louis.
Cardinals' Mikolas takes no-decision vs. Cubs
Miles Mikolas yielded two runs over five innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Cubs. Mikolas pitched well for the first three innings, but he walked the first batter he faced in the bottom of the fourth and the Cubs went on to tie the game 2-2 in that frame. Mike Mayers then entered in the sixth and gave up a go-ahead homer to Kyle Schwarber, with Chicago eventually going on to win 7-2. Mikolas has been a little shakier lately, but he still owns a stellar 10-3 record, 2.82 ERA, and 1.07 WHIP in 124 1/3 total innings this year. His next outing will be rematch at home against the Cubs.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cubs have now lost five of their last seven games played at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals have won six of Mikolas' last eight starts coming off five days of rest.
I like the Cubs to rebound tonight. They're 17-8 in their last 25 games overall but more specifically, they've won when Quintana pitches. They're 20-8 in his last 28 starts, are 5-2 in his last seven road outings and have won 11 of his last 14 starts against the rest of the National League Central. The Cardinals have been inconsistent all season. It won't surprise me in the least if they take the loss tonight after playing well in Game 1 of this series.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -101