Chicago Cubs at St Louis Cardinals Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 5/13/2014
Wednesday, May 14, 8:15 PM on CSCh, FSMW
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Chicago Cubs - Hammel, J (4-1) vs. St Louis Cardinals - Wacha, M (2-3)
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In a game that will feature two of the better starters in the NL at the moment, Jason Hammel and the Chicago Cubs will face Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
Jason Hammel was able to pitch seven strong innings of two-run ball last Friday against the Atlanta Braves, but he ended up with a no decision in a game the Cubs eventually lost 3-2. Hammel was able to scatter seven hits in that game and struck out five while walking just one. He is still 4-1 on the season through seven starts and he has a 2.45 ERA.
One player on the Cardinals that Hammel has never liked facing is Jhonny Peralta, who is 8-for-17 against him with a double, two home runs and eight RBI. Yadier Molina has just one hit off of Hammel in six career plate appearances.
22-year-old right-hander Michael Wacha had one of his shortest outings of the year so far when he made it through just five innings in his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. He gave up three runs on seven hits in that game while striking out seven and walking one. He still has a very good 2.85 ERA and he has struck out 10.8 batters per nine innings.
Cubs outfielder Junior Lake has gotten five hits off of Wacha in eight at-bats with a double, a home run and two RBI.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 17-17-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.4
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 15-20-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for St Louis Cardinals is 0.4
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)
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago
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