Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction MLB Picks 5/26/24

St. Louis Cardinals (23-26) vs Chicago Cubs (27-24)

Game Info: Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 7:10 pm (Busch Stadium)

Sonny Gray (6-2) (2.87) vs Javier Assad (4-0) (1.70)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -137 / Chicago Cubs +116 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals meet Sunday in MLB game 2 action at Busch Stadium. Here’s a Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction.

Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

The Chicago Cubs are 27-25 on the season and play the Brewers and Reds after this series. The Chicago Cubs have scored 8 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 5 of their last 7 games. The Chicago Cubs have lost 6 of their last 7 games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Nico Hoerner leads the Chicago Cubs with 45 hits and 15 RBI, while Mike Tauchman and Ian Happ have combined for 78 hits and 30 RBI.

St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

The St. Louis Cardinals have won 4 straight games and play the Reds and Phillies after this. The St. Louis Cardinals have scored 15 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 7 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 8 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs. Nolan Arenado leads the St. Louis Cardinals with 51 hits and 23 RBI, while Brendan Donovan and Masyn Winn have combined for 88 hits and 40 RBI.

Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Pitching Matchup

Javier Assad gets the ball for the Chicago Cubs, and he is 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Assad has allowed 16 hits and 3 earned runs in his last 21 innings. Assad has a 2.08 ERA and .208 allowed batting average in 26 road innings. Assad is 0-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sonny Gray gets the ball for the St. Louis Cardinals, and he is 6-2 with a 2.87 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. Gray has allowed 21 hits and 12 earned runs in his last 23.2 innings. Gray has a 1.13 ERA and .186 allowed batting average in 24 home innings. Gray is 4-3 with a 2.98 ERA and 79 strikeouts in his career against the Chicago Cubs.

Why the St. Louis Cardinals will win

  • The home team has won seven of the Cardinals' last eight games.
  • The Cubs have lost each of their last six road games against the Cardinals following a loss.
  • The Cubs have failed to cover the run line in 13 of their last 14 games against National League opponents after playing the previous day.
  • The Cardinals have covered the run line in five of their last six games against the Cubs following a home win.
  • The Cubs have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last three night games against NL Central opponents.

St. Louis Cardinals Player Prop Facts

  • Willson Contreras has scored at least one run in each of his last seven appearances at Busch Stadium.
  • Alec Burleson has recorded at least one hit in each of the Cardinals' last nine games.
  • Sonny Gray has recorded six or more strikeouts in each of his last seven appearances.
  • Lars Nootbaar has recorded at least one RBI in four of the Cardinals' last five games against NL Central opponents.
  • Willson Contreras has recorded a Double in each of his last three home appearances against NL opponents.
  • Brendan Donovan has recorded at least one Single in each of his last eight appearances after playing the previous day.
  • Alec Burleson has recorded at least one total base in each of the Cardinals' last nine games.
  • Sonny Gray has recorded a win in four of his last five appearances.
  • Tommy Edman has hit a home run in two of his last three appearances against the Cubs at Busch Stadium.

Chicago Cubs Player Prop Facts

  • Seiya Suzuki has recorded at least one hit in 17 of his last 18 appearances in night games against teams that held a losing record.
  • Cody Bellinger has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last six appearances in night games against teams that held a losing record.
  • Ian Happ has recorded a Double in three of the Cubs' last four games against NL opponents.
  • Nick Madrigal has recorded a Single in nine of his last 10 appearances in night games against NL Central teams that held a losing record.
  • Cody Bellinger has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Cubs' last seven night games against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Yan Gomes has hit a home run in two of his last three appearances in night games against NL teams that held a losing record.
  • Nico Hoerner has scored at least one run in seven of his last eight appearances against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The St. Louis Cardinals rank 28th in the league for RBI's this season (183).
  • The St. Louis Cardinals rank 27th in the league for runs scored this season (196).
  • The Chicago Cubs rank 25th in the league for hits this season (390).
  • The Chicago Cubs rank 25th in the league for doubles this season (75).

Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction

You can make a case for the Chicago Cubs and the plus money because the offense is due for a breakout performance and Javier Assad has been great overall this season. However, the St. Louis Cardinals have been the better team this series overall, and Sonny Gray has been ridiculous at home this year. Through 24 home innings, Gray has a 1.13 ERA and 0.83 WHIP, with 29 strikeouts. It's hard to go against those numbers. Under the bright lights of Sunday Night Baseball, I like the Cardinals to beat the Cubs in game 3. 

Randy’s Pick St. Louis Cardinals -137

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