St Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs 7/25/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/24/2014
Friday, July 25, 2014, 4:05 PM on FSMW, WGN
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
St Louis Cardinals - Kelly, J (2-1) vs. Chicago Cubs - Wood, T (7-9)
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Friday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals will take the field behind Joe Kelly as they take on the Chicago Cubs and Travis Wood. Kelly makes his 6 th start as Wood makes his 21st.
Joe Kelly saw his record go to 2 - 1 with a 2.84 ERA after he got the win in his last start. In that outing, Kelly gave up just a run and 4 hits in 7 innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out 4. In 4 of his 5 starts, Kelly has held the opposition to just a run. In 2013, Kelly compiled a record of 10 - 5 with a 2.69 ERA in 15 starts and 22 relief appearances.
Last season, Kelly was 3 - 0 with a 1.96 ERA in 3 starts and 2 relief appearances against the Cubs. This season, he pitched to a no-decision against Chicago after holding them to a run and 6 hits in 6 innings.
Travis Wood dropped his 3rd straight in his last start and that lowered his record to 7 - 9 with a 5.12 ERA. Wood was torched for 7 runs and 8 hits in just 5.1 innings as he walked 4 and struck out 3. In his last 6 starts, Wood is 0 -4 and he hasn't had a win since the middle of June. Last season, Wood posted a 9 - 12 record 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. This season he is 2 - 0 in 2 starts against St. Louis.
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 42-52-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for St Louis Cardinals is 0.1
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 50-43-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.3
Injuries to Watch
St Louis Cardinals
07/10/14 C Yadier Molina Thumb 15-day DL (7/9)
07/06/14 P Jaime Garcia Shoulder 60-day DL (6/24), out for season
06/23/14 P Michael Wacha Shoulder 15-day DL (6/21)
05/13/14 P Tyler Lyons Shoulder 15-day DL (5/12)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago
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