Chicago Cubs at St Louis Cardinals Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/11/2014
Monday, May 12, 8:15 PM on ESPN, CSCh, FSMW
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Chicago Cubs - Wood, T (2-4) vs. St Louis Cardinals - Lyons, T (0-2)
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Monday night, Travis Wood will take the hill for the Chicago Cubs as they square off against Tyler Lyons and the St. Louis Cardinals. It will be the 8th start for Wood as Lyons makes his 4th start and 6th appearance of the year.
Travis Wood took a loss his last time out as his record fell to 2 – 4 and his ERA rose to 4.75 after a brutal 4 inning start. Wood surrendered 8 runs on 8 hits (including a home run) as he walked 5 and struck out 3. Last season, Wood went 9 - 12 with a 3.11 ERA in 32 starts.
In 2013, Wood was 1 - 3 with a 4.91 ERA in 5 starts against the Cardinals. But a little over a week ago, Wood beat St. Louis with a 7 inning effort where he allowed 3 runs on 6 hits.
Tyler Lyons is still looking for a win after three straight no decisions have left his record at 0 – 2 with a 3.43 ERA. In his last outing, Lyons allowed a run (on a solo homer) and 4 hits with a walk and 7 strikeouts in 6 innings of work. In his rookie season in 2013, Lyons pitched to a 2 – 4 record and a 4.75 ERA in 8 starts and 4 relief appearances.
Last season, Lyons didn’t get to face the Cubs but he did see them less than a week ago. In that appearance, Lyons pitched just an inning and didn’t allow anything. Overall, he has only given up 2 hits to the Cubs lineup and those hits belong to Justin Ruggiano. Ruggiano is 2 of 3 with 2 RBIs against the young left-hander.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 17-15-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.3
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 14-19-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for St Louis Cardinals is 0.5
Injuries to Watch
05/07/14 P Pedro Strop Groin 15-day DL (5/7)
05/03/14 CF Ryan Sweeney Hamstring 15-day DL (5/3)
04/27/14 P Jose Veras Oblique 15-day DL (4/25)
04/24/14 CF Justin Ruggiano Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
St Louis Cardinals
04/17/14 P Joe Kelly Hamstring 15-day DL (4/17)
03/30/14 P Jaime Garcia Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Jason Motte Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis
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