St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs Free Betting Pick – September 18th, 2015

3rd month in a row I take a look at game on the baseball diamond. This time it’s a rivalry clash as the St. Louis Cardinals play at the Chicago Cubs.

St. Louis Cardinals (92-54) @ Chicago Cubs (85-61)

Overview: The St. Louis Cardinals won their 4th straight as they swept their 3-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers with a 6-3 victory last night. They are only 6-8 in their last 14 games. Their record is now 92-54 on the season. They are the NL Central division leaders, 5 games ahead of the 2nd place Pittsburgh Pirates. They currently own the best record in MLB. As a team the Cardinals are batting .254, 14th in the majors. They have scored 586 runs, 25th in the majors. Right-fielder Jason Heyward leads the team in batting average with a .292 average and leads the team in hits with 147. He has 12 home runs, 56 runs batted in, and has scored 73 runs. He has walked 47 times and struck out 82 times. He leads the team with 22 stolen bases on the season. 3rd baseman Matt Carpenter leads the team in home runs with 23 and leads the team in rbis with 75. He is batting .264 with 88 runs scored, 77 walks, and 135 strikeouts. He has 3 stolen bases on the season. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta is batting .272 with 16 home runs and 62 runs batted in. He has scored 57 runs with 45 walks and 102 strikeouts. Left-fielder Randal Grichuk is batting .284 with 16 home runs and 46 runs batted in. He has scored 47 runs with 20 walks and 101 strikeouts. 1st baseman Mark Reynolds is batting .231 with 12 home runs and 44 runs batted in. He has scored 33 runs with 41 walks and 115 strikeouts. Right-handed starter Michael Wacha leads the team in wins with 16. He is 16-5 with a 2.96 era. He has 141 strikeouts and 47 walks. Right-handed John Lackey leads the team in era with a 2.79 era. He is 12-9 with 157 strikeouts and 51 walks. Right-handed Carlos Martinez leads the team in strikeouts with 178. He is 13-7 with a 3.02 era and 60 walks. Right-handed starter Lance Lynn has a 11-10 record with a 3.17 era. He has 153 strikeouts and 58 walks. Closer Trevor Rosenthal leads the team in saves with 45. He has a 1.54 era with 78 strikeouts and 23 walks in 64.1 innings pitched. The Chicago Cubs won their 3rd straight with a 9-6 victory at Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon. They took 3 of 4 in their series with the Pirates. They are 10-4 in their last 14 games. Their record is now 85-61 on the season. They are currently in 3rd place in the NL Central, 7 games behind the division-leading Cardinals. They currently own the 2nd wildcard spot, 2 games behind the Pirates. As a team the Cubs are batting .244, 29th in the majors. They have scored 623 runs, 16th in the majors. 1st baseman Anthony Rizzo leads the team in batting average with a .278 average, leads the team in home runs with 30, and leads the team in hits with 147. He has 92 runs batted in and 85 runs scored. He has walked 72 times and been struck out 94 times. He has 16 stolen bases. 3rd baseman leads the team in rbis with 93. He is batting .274 with 24 home runs and 80 runs scored. He has been walked 69 times and struck out 181 times. He has 13 stolen bases. Center-fielder Dexter Fowler is batting .255 with 17 home runs and 43 runs batted in. He has scored 95 runs with 76 walks and 139 strikeouts. He leads the team in steals with 19. Left-fielder Chris Coghlan is batting .255 with 16 home runs and 41 runs batted in. He has scored 60 runs with 51 walks and 83 strikeouts. He has 11 stolen bases. Left-fielder Kyle Schwarber is batting .255 with 16 home runs and 42 runs batted in. He has scored 46 runs with 27 walks and 67 strikeouts. He has 3 stolen bases on the season. Right-handed starter Jake Arrieta leads the team in wins with 19, leads the team in era with a 1.96 era, and leads the team in strikeouts with 209. He has a 19-6 record with 47 walks in 207 innings pitched. Left-handed Jon Lester has a 10-10 record with a 3.38 era. He has 44 walks and 185 strikeouts in 184 innings pitched. Closer Hector Rondon leads the team in saves 28. He has a 1.64 era with 15 walks and 65 strikeouts in 65.2 innings pitched.

Today’s starters are right-handed Lance Lynn (11-10) for the Cardinals and right-handed Dan Haren (9-9) for the Cubs.

Tonight is the 17th of 19 meetings this season between the Cardinals and Cubs. The Cardinals are 10-6 versus the Cubs this season. St. Louis is 42-30 on the road this season. Chicago is 43-28 at home this season.

Prediction: The Cubs are 5-2 in their last 2 series versus the Pirates and Cubs, which is pretty impressive considering how many young players the Cubs have. Starting off this series with a win would be another huge step for Chicago. Play: Cubs -110 (Bet365)

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