Chicago Cubs at St Louis Cardinals Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/12/2014
Sunday, April 13, 2:15 PM on WGN, FSMW
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Chicago - Jackson, E (0-0) vs. St Louis - Wacha, M (1-0)
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Sunday afternoon Edwin Jackson will take the mound for the Chicago Cubs as they take on Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals. It will be the third start for each pitcher.
Edwin Jackson had a short night in his last outing. Jackson didn’t get the loss despite giving up 6 runs on 9 hits in just 4.2 innings. Jackson started poorly but eventually got “better”. Last season was the third straight that Jackson saw his ERA and losses rise as his wins declined. Things will certainly have to change or the trend will continue.
In 2013, Jackson faced the Cardinals 5 times and the results weren’t good. He went 1 – 3 with a 5.19 ERA as the Cards touched him up for 17 runs on 29 hits in 26 innings. Jackson struck out 12 but walked 12 as well. Yadier Molina will be happy to see Jackson as he has a .522 average with 12 hits and 8 RBIs in 23 at-bats against the Cubs’ right-hander.
Michael Wacha has been on fire this season. In 2 starts, Wacha is 1 – 0 with an ERA of 0.71. In his last start, Wacha went 6 innings and allowed just 1 run on 7 hits. Last season, Wacha was 4 – 1 in 9 starts and 6 relief appearances.
In 2013, Wacha started 1 game and appeared in another against the Cubs. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings. Wacha has only faced 6 hitters on the Chicago roster and no one has more than 1 hit against him.
Chicago Betting Trends
Chicago is 4-4-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago is -0.3
St Louis Betting Trends
St Louis is 4-4-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for St Louis is -0.6
Injuries to Watch
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Jake Arrieta Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 2B Mark Ellis Knee 15-day DL (3/27)
03/30/14 P Jaime Garcia Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Jason Motte Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis
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