St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs
MLB: 8:05 PM EST
April 17, 2018
The Chicago Cubs will begin their third and final series on a 10-game homestand Monday night, welcoming in their fierce division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams are off to a so-so start to begin the year, as the Redbirds sit at 9-7 and in 2nd place in the NL Central, with the Cubs right behind them at 7-7.
Today’s pitching matchup will feature a couple guys still looking to round into form in 2018. The St. Louis starter will be rotation mainstay RHP Adam Wainwright, who currently sports 5.06 ERA to go along with an 0-2 record. Taking the mound for the Cubbies is offseason acquisition RHP Tyler Chatwood (0-2, 4.94 ERA).
Despite less than impressive pitching numbers, I expect tonight’s game to be a fairly low-scoring affair. The Cubs have seen a lot of Adam Wainwright over the years, and he’s been rather successful against them recently; Waino pitched to a sparkling 1.83 ERA against a largely identical Cubs roster in 2017 in 3 starts. The Cardinals haven’t seen much of Chatwood recently (just one inning of relief against them in 2017), but he’ll feature a sinker with a lot of movement and will try to induce soft contact.
The key factor in tonight’s game might be the weather. Forecasts in Chicago project a blustery 35 degree temperature at first pitch, and that should drop steadily as the game carries on. The Cubs were postponed due to snow Sunday afternoon, so the grounds crew will be anxious to get this game played despite a small threat of precipitation. With all these factors combined, look for the offenses to be fairly sluggish on the North Side tonight. I’m backing the under.
Our Free Betting Pick: Under 8.5