Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals

MLB: 8.15 PM EST

May 04, 2018

One of the fiercest rivalries in Major League Baseball will take center stage on Friday night as the Chicago Cubs (16-12) will invade Busch Stadium to take on their NL Central foes, the St. Louis Cardinals (17-12). The series opener will kick off with a pitching matchup between LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 5.74 ERA) for the North Siders and surprising righty Miles Mikolas (3-0, 3.27 ERA) for the Redbirds.

The Cubs have dropped two straight to Colorado after reeling off a five game winning streak, and get back out on the road for the first time in a week and a half. St. Louis has catapulted their rivals in the standings in the early going, after sweeping a brief two-game set against the White Sox at home.

Baseball has long preached regression to the mean, and it’s hard to imagine there not being a measure in self-correction for each starter as the season progresses. Quintana has a very solid career 3.58 ERA (over two full runs lower than his mark thus far), while Mikolas has pitched to a 4.78 ERA (a run and a half higher than his 2018 numbers) in his brief American career. Add in the fact that the Cubs are 2-0 after scheduled off days this year, and that St. Louis is hitting just .213 against lefties this year, and it’s hard to not see value in the underdog Cubbies.

Our Free MLB Pick: Chicago Cubs ML (+105)

Connor Woods

Connor has been an avid athlete, sports fan, and pro capper for several years now. He graduated from the University of Alabama and supports the Crimson Tide in addition to four major teams in Chicago: the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls. One of his passions is visiting MLB stadiums - he's currently seen a game in 17 of the 30 active parks.

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