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CUBS: Chicago is in the midst of a 3 game losing skid, and they need to turn it around in a hurry as they head onto the road to face their division rival. This is a huge series for Chicago, as they can make up ground in the division or fall all the way to last place. The Cubs are 23-31 this year for -9.29 units. Chicago has played better on the road than at home this year, as they are 11-12 on the road. The Cubs are batting .272 as a team, 2nd best behind only their opponent tonight. Unfortunately for Chicago, the Cubs pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.77, 2nd worst in all of baseball. Pitcher Ryan Dempster was expected to be the ace of this staff, but he's had a terrible start to the season. Dempster is 4-4 this year with an ERA of 6.00 and a WHIP of 1.49. The Cubs are 4-0 in Dempster's last 4 starts overall. Chicago is 5-1 in Dempster's last 6 road starts against a team with a winning record. The Cubs are 4-1 in Dempster's last 5 starts during game 1 of a series. Chicago is 4-1 in Dempster's last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. The Cubs are 4-1 in Dempster's last 5 starts played on grass. Chicago is 9-3 in Dempster's last 12 road starts. The Cubs are 3-9 in Dempster's last 12 Friday starts. Chicago is 7-3 in their last 10 road games against a left-handed starter. The Cubs are 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games. Chicago is 1-5 in their last 6 games following an off day. The Cubs are 1-5 in their last 6 games overall. Chicago is 1-5 in their last 6 games played on grass. The Cubs are 1-8 in their last 9 games against the National League Central.
Projected Score: 4
Cubs are 3-10 last 13 games during game 1 of a series.
Over is 6-0 last 6 games following an off day.
CARDINALS: (-175, O/U 7.5) Despite losing last night in extra innings, the Cardinals are still atop the National League Central standings. St. Louis is 33-24 this season, good for +4.48 units. A big reason for the success of the Cardinals is their offense, as they lead the majors with a .283 team batting average. St. Louis has the most hits and the most doubles in the major leagues so far this season. Pitcher Jaime Garcia will look to continue his outstanding season tonight. The lefty is 5-1 with an ERA 3.28 and a WHIP of 1.19 this season. The Cardinals are 4-0 in Garcia's last 4 home starts. St. Louis is 7-0 in Garcia's last 7 Friday starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in Garcia's last 5 starts. St. Louis is 4-1 in Garcia's last 5 starts played on grass. The Cardinals are 2-5 in Garcia's last 7 home starts against a team with a losing record. St. Louis is 9-3 in their last 12 games against a right-handed starter. The Cardinals are 6-2 in their last 8 home games. St. Louis is 36-15 in their last 51 Friday games. The Cardinals are 11-5 in their last 16 games overall.
Projected Score: 5 (OVER-Total of the Day)
Cardinals are 5-1 last 6 home games against a team with a losing record.
Under is 8-2 last 10 home games.