St. Louis Coming Off Dramatic Win
The St. Louis Cardinals try to win their second straight and clinch a five-game weekend series with the host Chicago Cubs when the NL Central rivals play the finale on Sunday night. St. Louis earned a split of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader with a 10-inning victory that pulled it to within 1½ games of the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in the division standings.
Chicago won the first game on Saturday and is in fourth place in the NL Central. These teams have gone back and forth throughout the series, so before you decide how to bet online on the series finale, check out our in-depth preview of the game.
Donovan Helps Cardinals Earn Split
The St. Louis Cardinals had their troubles scoring in the first game on Saturday, but they were able to get just enough runs to earn the doubleheader split, tallying four in the 10th inning to pull out the win. Rookie Brendan Donovan had three hits, including a two-run double in the 10th, to help power the Cardinals’ offense.
“He’s taking whatever’s given, using the whole field, just grinding, wearing the pitcher down, taking his walks when needed, using the middle of the field,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said about Donovan following Saturday’s win.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt had his 25-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-2 performance in the opener, walking twice, but he started a new one with a hit and two runs scored in the nightcap. Goldschmidt is fifth in the majors with a .342 batting average, adding 18 doubles, 12 home runs, 47 RBIs (third in baseball), and 38 runs scored.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored in the nightcap. Arenado is batting .280 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, 37 RBis, and 25 runs scored.
The Cardinals will have veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright on the mound for the series finale, as the 40-year-old makes his 11th start. Wainwright is 5-4 with a 2.75 ERA, striking out 48 in 59 innings. He’s coming off a gem against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing two hits while striking out 10 and walking one.
Cubs Continue To Struggle With Consistency
The Chicago Cubs are rebuilding, so there are expected to be some growing pains as the team plays a lot of young players. Unfortunately, those seem to be showing up often this season, as Chicago has been up and down, following winning streaks with losing streaks and having trouble getting to .500.
Left-hander Justin Steele will try to help the Cubs to a series win when he makes his 11th start. Steele is 1-5 with a 5.40 ERA, striking out 46 in 40 innings. The 26-year-old is coming off a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, going five innings and allowing three runs on three hits while striking out six and walking four.
First baseman Frank Schwindel was 0-for-4 with a walk in the nightcap on Saturday, but in the first three games of the series, he went 8-for-12 with a double, two home runs, and five RBIs. Schwindel is batting .244 on the season with 10 doubles, eight home runs, 29 RBIs and 20 runs scored.
Outfielder Jason Heyward had a pair of RBIs in Saturday’s second game, going 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. The veteran is batting just .212 this season with three doubles, a triple, six RBIs and 11 runs scored in 31 games.
Cardinals vs Cubs Head-to-Head
The tightness of this series is nothing new for these rivals, who have had their season series either tied or decided by one win in each of the last four seasons. The St. Louis Cardinals have won the majority of their games at Wrigley Field over the last two seasons, going 9-7 prior to this series.
The Chicago Cubs are looking for their first season series victory against the Cardinals since the 2017 campaign. Looking at the MLB lines, the visiting Cardinals are getting the edge to win on Sunday to take the series.
Cardinals vs Cubs Game Information
- Game: St. Louis Cardinals (31-23) at Chicago Cubs (23-31)
- Location: Wrigley Field
- Day/Time: Sunday, 7 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Cardinals vs Cubs Betting Lines
St. Louis Cardinals -1½ +125 -128 8½ -120o 4½ -105o 4½ -125u
A. Wainwright -R
Chicago Cubs +1½ -145 +118 8½ Evu 3½ -120o 3½ -110u
J. Steele -L
Cardinals vs Cubs Prediction
The pitching matchup favors the St. Louis Cardinals in a big way, as Wainwright allowed one run over 15 innings against the Chicago Cubs in 2021. The Cardinals should be able to score against Steele, though they won’t need much with “Uncle Charlie” on the mound.
When making your MLB picks, take St. Louis to get the win on the road.