The Chicago Cubs host St. Louis on Monday night at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals ended up sweeping the Reds in a four-game series while the Cubs had their series finale postponed with bad weather. Chicago has taken down St. Louis in eight of their last nine meetings.
Cardinals keep the Reds miserable with a four-game sweep
St. Louis had the tightest affair against Cincinnati in a rain-delayed Sunday, but they were able to pull out the 3-2 victory to sweep them. In the extended four-game set, the Cardinals outscored their opposition by a 27-10 margin. First baseman Jose Martinez (.364 avg) had eight hits and seven RBIs in the series, with most of those coming on a home run.
Probable starter: Right-hander Adam Wainwright (0-2, 5.06 ERA)
Wainwright is still looking for his first win of the season even after a good showing against Milwaukee. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits through seven innings, not allowing any walks to stay on the mound. He threw a very efficient 13 pitches per inning, far better than 24.3 average he had in the season opener.
Cubs hope Rizzo comes back in better form against Cardinals
Chicago will have a boost in their offense with first baseman Anthony Rizzo back in the lineup on Monday. He was on the disabled list with back tightness with his last appearance coming at Milwaukee on April 5th. He’s struggled by his standards to start the season, hitting a .107 average over 28 at-bats, but he’ll look to get back in form against the Cubs’ rivals.
Probable starter: Right-hander Tyler Chatwood (0-2, 4.91 ERA)
Chatwood also can’t seem to get in the win column yet in his first season with the Cubs. He had a tough defeat against Cincinnati, giving up the only run in the entire game. It was more squarely his fault in his prior start against Pittsburgh. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits through five innings. He’s suffered five straight losses going back to last season with Colorado.
- 5-0 in their last 5 road games
- 0-5 in their last 5 home games against right-handed starters
St. Louis is facing a much different task in Chicago than they did over the weekend, but this is a pitching matchup that certainly favors them. With an offense rolling this well, they should be able to punch out Chatwood and march to a victory.
Even though the Cardinals offense should put up at least a few runs, this has been a relatively lower-scoring battle lately, especially with Wainwright on the mound. It’s best to side on the under here.
- Under is 6-1 in Wainwright’s last 7 starts against Cubs
- Under is 6-1 in Cubs last 7 home games against right-handed starters