Create FREE Account

Last Updated Jun 05, 2022, 23:20 PM

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Picks, Predictions, Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals (30-23) and Chicago Cubs (23-30) will wrap up a five-game series on Sunday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois and can be viewed on ESPN.  

Score Prediction

Cardinals 4, Cubs 2

Best Bets 

  • Cardinals ML (-138) at FanDuel

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Betting Predictions

St. Louis enters this matchup second in the NL Central standings, two games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place. The Cardinals have been playing good baseball this season and have won six of their last 10 games. The offense is one of the highest scoring in the league, averaging 4.83 runs per game. St. Louis’ bullpen has been a bit inconsistent throughout the season, but are holding opponents to a respectable 3.80 runs per game. The right-hander Adam Wainwright is scheduled to start on Sunday. Wainwright is 5-4 in 10 games this season with an ERA of 2.75 and has given up 50 hits, 18 earned runs, and struck out 48 batters in 59.0 innings.  

The Chicago Cubs are currently fourth in the NL Central standings, nine games behind the Brewers for first place. The Cubs have struggled to get much going this season, but have managed to win four of their last five games. Chicago’s offense has scored six or more runs in three of their last five games, much better than their season average of 4.37 runs per game. The bullpen continues to struggle and have an ERA of 4.15 on the season. Left-handed pitcher Justin Steele is expected to take the mound on Sunday. Steele is 1-5 in 10 games this season with an ERA of 5.40 and has given up 40 hits, 24 earned runs, and struck out 46 batters in 40.0 innings of work.  

I like the Cardinals to win the final game of this series. Wainwright has been pitching well this season and has given up just six runs over his last five starts. I expect the Cardinals bats to success as Steele has given up 10 runs over his last two games and has struggled throughout the season. Backing the Cardinals moneyline in this matchup.  

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Dodgers Betting Odds

  • Cardinals -138
  • Cubs +118
  • Cardinals -1.5 (+120)
  • Cubs +1.5 (-140)
  • Over 8.5 (-115)
  • Under 8.5 (-105)

MLB Odds | World Series Odds | Expert Picks

(Getty)

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Betting Resources

  • Date: Sunday, June 5, 2022
  • Matchup: NL Central
  • Stadium: Wrigley Field
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals Betting Analysis

Prior to the results of game-four versus the Cubs on Saturday night, the Cardinals are 30-23 SU, 29-24 ATS, and have an O/U record of 26-24-3. St. Louis is 3-2 SU in their last five games and are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games. The total has gone over in five of their last eight games on the road. Following this trend, the total has gone over in four of their last six games against an NL Central opponent. St. Louis is 14-12 SU on the road this season.  

St. Louis is hitting the ball very well this season. As a team the Cardinals have a batting average of .252 (6th), on base percentage of .321 (7th), slugging percentage of .400 (12th), and have scored 260 runs (4th). The first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is having a fantastic season with a batting average of .345 (67-194), 12 home runs, and 47 RBIs. Third baseman Nolan Arenado is having a nice season as well with a batting average of .279 (53-190), 10 home runs, and 37 RBIs.  

If the Cardinals bullpen can get things figured out, this will be a tough team to beat. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .245 (19th), have a WHIP of 1.30 (20th), and have an ERA of 3.84 (14th). The right-hander Adam Wainwright is scheduled to start on Sunday. Wainwright is 5-4 in 10 games this season with an ERA of 2.75 and has given up 50 hits, 18 earned runs, and struck out 48 batters in 59.0 innings. In his most recent outing against the Padres, Wainwright struck out 10 batters in 7.0 innings while giving up just two hits and zero runs.  

Chicago Cubs Betting Analysis

After winning four of their last five games the Cubs are 23-30 SU, 30-23 ATS, and have an O/U record of 26-24-3. The total has gone over in 11 of the Cubs last 16 games. Following this trend, the total has gone over in six of their last 10 games when playing St. Louis. Chicago is 2-6 SU in their last eight games when playing at home against the Cardinals and 10-18 SU at home this season.  

Chicago’s offense has looked great at times, but are struggling to find any sort of consistency this season. As a team the Cubs have a batting average of .243 (15th), on base percentage of .323 (5th), slugging percentage of .395 (16th), and have scored 239 runs (10th). The center fielder Ian Happ is having a solid season with a batting average of .266 (45-169), six home runs, and 29 RBIs. First baseman Frank Schwindel is also hitting the ball fairly well with a batting average of .249 (47-189), eight home runs, and 29 RBIs.  

The Cubs bullpen has struggled in the majority of games this season. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .244 (17th), have a WHIP of 1.28 (18th), and have an ERA of 4.15 (21st). Left-handed pitcher Justin Steele is expected to take the mound on Sunday. Steele is 1-5 in 10 games this season with an ERA of 5.40 and has given up 40 hits, 24 earned runs, and struck out 46 batters in 40.0 innings of work. In his most recent outing against the Brewers, Steele gave up three hits, three runs, and struck out six batters in 5.0 innings.  

Key Players to Watch

  • STL: Nolan Arenado - 3B (Last Game: TBD)
  • STL: Paul Goldschmidt - 1B (Last Game: TBD)
  • CHC: Ian Happ - OF (Last Game: TBD)
  • CHC: Willson Contreras - DH (Last Game: TBD)

Probable Pitchers

  • STL: Adam Wainwright - RHP (5-4, 2.75 ERA, 48K, 1.19 WHIP)
  • CHC: Justin Steele - LHP (1-5, 5.40 ERA, 46 K, 1.58 WHIP)

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Betting Conclusion

The Cubs will look to gain a little ground in the division with a win on Sunday. Unfortunately for them, Wainwright will be taking the mound for the Cardinals who has been very good this season. St. Louis should be able to do some damage against Justin Steele who has an ERA above five. Backing the Cardinals here as Wainwright has been the much better pitcher.  

We may be compensated by the company links provided on this page. Read more

MLB News