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JEFF ALLEN GAME PREVIEW: CUBS at ST. LOUIS

JEFF ALLEN GAME PREVIEW: CUBS at ST. LOUIS

The Cubs and Cardinals have always been one of baseball’s fiercest rivalries. The Northsiders 107 year World Series
drought has kept it from being on par with say the Yankees/Red Sox but fierce all the same. These are two of the best
fan bases in sports and these two definitely don’t like each other. Just 303 miles separates Wrigley Field from Busch
Stadium so home and away, both teams are well represented. With the Cub resurgence and break out the past couple
of years and players jumping from one side to the other, this rivalry could be one of the best in baseball for a long time  to come. Tonight, we have game two of the first series of the year between these National League Central heavyweights as the 10-3 Cubs take on the 7-6 Cardinals. Jason Hammel (1-0, 0.75) gets the call for the Blue Bears while Jaime Garcia toes the rubber for the Cardinals. The line opened at St Louis -125 with the total 7 1/2. The side has not moved but the  high/low is starting to see some seven flats at some houses.

The Cubs have not been hitting for a lot of average (.248) but have made their hits count in averaging 5.8 runs per game.  Outfielder Dexter Fowler (.378) has been on fire at the plate and homered last night in Chicago’s 5-0 win. The Cubs have  gotten solid pitching from their starters and relief (1st and 1st) which accounts for the fast start. The Cardinals have been raking at the plate (.268, 6.2) but the pitching, especially the starters have been sketchy at best. The Card offense has been coming from the bottom of the order where C Yadier Molina (the best defensive catcher in baseball) is hitting .313  and SS Aledmyz Diaz is hitting .400 with 15 hits.

The Cubs have won seven of nine with three of the last four staying under the total, the Cards are 7-3 in their L10 with the over and identical 7-3. The Cubs won 5-0 last night as for red Bird John Lackey and relievers five-hit the homies. Over the past three seasons the series is almost dead even with St. Louis still a head in front at 22-21 and 14-9 in the L23 here.  The Over is 27-14 in that time and 15-6 here. Both starters have been solid in two starts this year an both have had some  success in limited starts against tonight’s opponent. Not interested in the side here but feel that runs figure to be tough to come by, especially in the first five innings where we’ll look to make our play.

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