The Chicago Cubs visit the St. Louis Cardinals for an important divisional showdown this weekend, with St. Louis the betting favorite for Friday’s opener.
The Chicago Cubs are 6-1 straight up and 5-2 on the runline in their last seven games against the St. Louis Cardinals including a current stretch of four straight wins. The Cubs will look to extend their winning streak over the Cardinals on Friday in the first game of this three-game series.
Chicago is a +119 road underdog on the MLB odds in St. Louis at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Yu Darvish will take the mound for the Cubs against Miles Mikolas and the Cardinals, who are -129 favorites at home.
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
When: Friday, May 31, 8:15 p.m. ET
Where: New Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Betting Line / Total: St. Louis -129 / 9.5 Runs
Cubs at Cardinals OddsShark Matchup Report
Chicago Cubs Betting Notes
The Cubs took over first place in the NL Central Division with an impressive 13-2 run that started in late April and went through the first two weeks of May.
Chicago is still in first place, but the club’s lead is slipping as the team has gone just 6-8 over its last 14 games including a current 2-5 skid over its last seven games. Through their first 13 games as a betting underdog, the Cubs are just 3-10 so far this season.
Yu Darvish has been the team’s worst starter in 2019, sporting a disappointing 5.40 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Chicago is 5-6 through his first 11 starts.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Notes
With a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, the Cardinals avoided a series sweep and broke out of a three-game losing streak. Before the win, St. Louis was just 2-6 over its last eight games.
St. Louis now sits at 27-28 on the year and is 4.5 games back of Chicago for first place in the Central Division. The Cardinals are 0-3 in Mike Mikolas’s last three starts since going 6-1 in his previous seven starts.
Cubs at Cardinals Betting Total
Friday night’s total is set at 9.5 runs at betting sites. The OVER is 7-1 in Chicago’s last eight games per the OddsShark MLB Database.
Only six games separate first place Chicago from last place Cincinnati in what is shaping up to be this year’s most competitive divisional race. These two teams will jostle for positioning in the standings as this series continues over the weekend with projected pitching matchups of Jose Quintana vs. Jack Flaherty on Saturday and Cole Hamels vs. Adam Wainwright on Sunday.
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