Preview: Cubs at Cardinals

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Wind: SSE 7
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Chicago Cubs (60-74) at St. Louis Cardinals (71-62)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30 - 8:15 PM EST
WHERE: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
LINE: 117, -127 TOTAL: 7.5


Exactly one year ago, Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara were playing in Triple-A Iowa while Jorge Soler was getting untracked in Single-A. Fast forward to the present, the three rookies look to continue their momentum as the Chicago Cubs play a doubleheader against the host St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Soler homered twice, Alcantara also went deep and Baez ripped a go-ahead two-run double as the Cubs posted their fifth win in seven contests with a 7-2 triumph on Friday.

Although his rookie days are long gone, Matt Holliday isn't showing any signs of slowing down. The 34-year-old had an RBI single in the series opener to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and has driven in 10 runs during that stretch. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they've dropped three in a row to reside 1 1/2 games behind first-place Milwaukee in the National League Central while clinging to the second wild card.

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, CSN Chicago, FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Tsuyoshi Wada (4-1, 2.56 ERA) vs. Cardinals LH Marco Gonzales (0-2, 7.07)

A solo homer was the only hit allowed by Wada, who struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings en route to a 2-1 triumph over Baltimore on Sunday. The 33-year-old native of Japan is 4-0 in his last six outings and hasn't lost since July 23. Wada has yet to record a decision away from home but boasts a 1.69 ERA in 10 2/3 frames.

Gonzales was scheduled to start Friday's contest for Triple-A Memphis before being informed he was going to receive the nod for St. Louis. The 22-year-old had posted a 4-1 mark with a 3.35 ERA in eight starts with the Redbirds following his first big-league stint. Gonzales didn't fare as well in his three starts in the majors, allowing 11 runs on 21 hits in 14 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. St. Louis C Yadier Molina went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his return from the disabled list.

2. The Cardinals have won seven of the 13 meetings with the Cubs this season and eight of the last 11 in St. Louis.

3. Chicago manager Rick Renteria did not divulge whether 1B Anthony Rizzo (back) would end his three-game absence on Saturday.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 5, Cubs 2
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Chi. Cubs 60-74 W1 32-33 28-41 16-16 21-34 14-16 9-8
St. Louis 71-62 L3 39-27 32-35 17-16 31-22 15-12 8-12

Last Meeting

Chi. Cubs St. Louis
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/29/14 CHC 7 STL 2 .257 4 .983 .229 0 .499

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CHC L. Valbuena .300 12 1.066
STL Y. Molina .359 14 .855
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CHC A. Rizzo 3 10 11
STL M. Holliday 2 10 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
CHC 3.88 .263 96
STL 4.99 .254 100
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CHC S. Castro .287 147 .764
STL M. Adams .300 133 .806
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CHC A. Rizzo 30 81 71
STL J. Peralta 18 50 60
Pitching ERA Avg K
CHC 3.71 .239 1107
STL 3.67 .253 993

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
-115
7.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -128 118
100
8
Sportsbook -128 118
100
8
5Dimes.eu -130
120
112
8
GTBets.eu -130 120
105
8
Top Bet -124 114
115
8
BetOnline.ag -124 114
105
8
BetDSI -127 117
-110
7.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont -128 118
100
8
BookMaker.eu -127 117
-110
7.5
Vegas Odds
LVH
-120
110
-110
8
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Chi. Cubs Overall St. Louis
60-74 W/L 71-62
70-64 RL W/L 55-78
66-61-7 O/U 60-66-7
3.81 Runs For 3.74
4.14 Runs Against 3.87
Chi. Cubs A/H St. Louis
28-41 W/L 39-27
37-32 RL W/L 27-39
35-28-6 O/U 32-30-4
3.86 Runs For 4.00
4.36 Runs Against 4.00