Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals - 6/24/22 MLB Picks and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (40-32) vs Chicago Cubs (26-44)
Game Info: Friday, June 24, 2022 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Andre Pallante (2-2) (1.69) vs Kyle Hendricks (2-6) (5.43)
Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -160 / Chicago Cubs +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Cubs will play the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of their series at Busch Stadium on Friday night.
The Chicago Cubs are 26-44 this season and have lost four of their last five games. Chicago is coming off of a series loss to Pittsburgh, where they lost three out of the four games played in the series. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.91 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and a .253 opponent batting average this season. The Cubs offense has scored 298 runs with a .244 batting average and a .320 on base percentage. Ian Happ is batting .289 with eight home runs and 35 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Kyle Hendricks, who is 2-6 with a 5.43 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 68 innings pitched this season.
The St. Louis Cardinals are 40-32 this season and have lost three of their last five games. St. Louis is coming off of a series split against Milwaukee, where they won two games and lost two games. The St. Louis pitching staff has a 3.85 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a .243 opponent batting average. The Cardinals offense has scored 346 runs with a .254 batting average and a .322 on base percentage this year. Paul Goldschmidt is batting .340 with 17 home runs and 61 RBI’s for the Cardinals this season. The projected starter for St. Louis is Andre Pallante, who is 2-2 with a 1.69 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 42.2 innings pitched this season.
Chicago is 8-20 in their last 28 games and 6-21 in their last 27 Friday games. The over is 4-1 in Chicago’s last 5 road games. St. Louis is 8-2 in their last 10 home games and 16-5 in their last 21 Friday games. The over is 5-1 in St. Louis’ last 6 home games. Chicago is 4-10 in these two teams last 14 head to head meetings.
Both of these teams have struggled in recent games, but St. Louis is in much better position than the Cubs are this year. St. Louis is currently tied for 1st in the NL Central, while the Cubs are 13 games back. The Cardinals are starting Andre Pallante, who has allowed three runs in his last three starts. The Cubs are starting Kyle Hendricks, who has had an up and down year and gave up six runs over 4.1 innings in his last start. Hendricks has been too inconsistent for my liking, so I am taking St. Louis to win by at least two runs.
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