Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview/Prop Picks

02 August 2022

National League Central rivals are set to kick off a series on Tuesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs will be looking to play the role of spoiler while the Cardinals want to continue a playoff push. 

Chicago comes into this game with a record of 41-60, but they have been playing well since the All-Star Break. The Cubs are likely to be big sellers at the Trade Deadline, and that roster will change before this game. 

St. Louis enters this game with a record of 54-48, and that's actually still a bit disappointing. The Cardinals are right in the hunt to win the NL Central Division, but they have the talent to play better than they have. 

The St. Louis Cardinals are the moneyline betting favorites at -175 over the Chicago Cubs in this NL Central showdown.



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Cubs Looking For Pitching

The Chicago Cubs come into this series with a team ERA that is over 4.30, and that number could actually get worse soon. Chicago has traded away two members of the bullpen already, and more moves could be on the way on Tuesday.

Keegan Thompson will make the start in this game, and he is 8-4 with a 3.16 ERA on the year. Thompson will need to go deep in this game while also being efficient on the mound. 

Patrick Wisdom leads the way with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs this year, and he has a future with this team. The Cubs could struggle to score runs based on Trade Deadline moves, and that could be an issue in this game.

Dynamic Duo Leading Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have two of the best players in baseball on their side in Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. There are also some holes on this team, and they could be looking to address those holes on Tuesday. 

Paul Goldschmidt leads the way with 24 home runs and a .329 batting average, and he could be the MVP of the league this season. St. Louis usually gets good pitching, but the offense needs to be more consistent. 

Veteran Adam Wainwright will be on the mound in this game, and he has had plenty of success against the Cubs. Wainwright is 7-8 with a 3.28 ERA on the year, but he is capable of coming up big for his team.

Cubs Complete Upset Over Rivals

The St. Louis Cardinals are clearly the better overall team in this matchup, but that doesn't matter in an individual game. Chicago still has plenty of young talent, and they will be looking to make a statement in this one. 

Keegan Thompson has been terrific on the mound this season, and he will shut down the Cardinals' offense. St. Louis desperately needs to start winning games at home, but they will fall flat against the Cubs on Tuesday. 

Bet the Chicago Cubs moneyline as they go into St. Louis and upset the Cardinals in the series opener on Tuesday night.

Prop Picks

St. Louis (-130) UNDER 4.5 Runs

St. Louis is averaging 4.62 runs per 9 innings on offense, which ranks No. 8 in the league. Chicago is allowing 4.93 runs per 9 innings on defense, which ranks No. 25 in the league. That average decreases to 2.80 runs per 9 innings over the Cubs’ last 10 games. Scores have gone UNDER in six of Chicago’s last eight games in St. Louis.

With Dunkel predicting a Chicago road victory by the score of 4-3, take the Cardinals (-130) to finish UNDER their Vegas team total of 4.5 runs against the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs (+120) Most Hits

Chicago is averaging 8.28 hits per 9 innings on offense, which ranks No. 13 in the league. St. Louis is allowing 8.09 hits per 9 innings on defense, which ranks No. 16 in the league. That average remains relatively steady at 8.02 hits per 9 innings at home.

With Dunkel predicting a Cubs road win holding the Cardinals UNDER their Vegas run total, take Chicago (+120) to finish with more hits than St. Louis.

Adam Wainwright (-145) UNDER 6.5 Hits Allowed

Wainwright has allowed 115 hits in 123.1 innings pitched this season for an average of 8.40 hits per 9 innings. The St. Louis right hander’s average decreases to 7.43 hits per 9 innings (48 hits in 58.1 IP) at home while the OBA drops to .224 from .268 on the road.

With Dunkel predicting the final score staying UNDER the Vegas total, take Wainwright (-145) to finish UNDER 6.5 hits allowed allowed versus the Cubs.

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