The Chicago Cubs will be in St. Louis on Monday night to begin a four-game series against the Cardinals. Chicago has dominated the season series, and St. Louis will be looking to get some revenge at Busch Stadium.
Both teams come in with a record of 46-47, which puts them nine games out of first place in the NL Central. There is still time to catch up to the Milwaukee Brewers, but that doesn’t seem likely.
The Cubs are likely to be big sellers at the Trade Deadline. When asked about the possibility of being traded, Kris Bryant said, “Right now, I still got the (Chicago) Cubs on my chest, and I’m proud of that, and I’m proud to play for such an unbelievable city.”
The Chicago Cubs are the slight betting favorites at -108 for the series opener.
Cubs Playing Long Ball
It’s no secret that the Chicago Cubs have struggled to maintain a consistent attack at the plate, but there is still plenty of power in this lineup. Chicago hit several home runs in their previous series against Arizona, including a game-winning homer by Willson Contreras on Saturday.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 18, 2021
Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 21 home runs and 59 RBIs, and he has gotten off to a hot start in the second half. Bryant has lost a bit of his power as the season has gone on, but he is still leading the Cubs with a .268 batting average.
Alec Mills starts for the Cubs on Monday night, and he just recently entered the starting rotation. Mills has gone 4-2 with a 4.84 ERA, and he does have some talent to keep this Cardinals offense down.
Cardinals Can’t Find Pitching
Finding enough starting pitching has been a nightmare for manager Mike Schildt this season, and he will turn to Jake Woodford in the series opener. Woodford is just 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA, and he will get a real taste of how intense this rivalry is.
St. Louis was able to win two of three games from the Giants this past weekend, but they only scored a total of seven runs in those games. The Cardinals are one of the lowest-scoring teamsl, and there are too many holes in this lineup.
Nolan Arenado has been great since putting on the Cardinals uniform, leading the team with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs. Paul Goldschmidt has chipped in with a .271 batting average, and both players will be important in this series.
Cubs Win Series Opener
St. Louis has been hit hard by injuries, especially when it comes to their starting rotation. That should allow the Cubs to put up a big number on offense.
Chicago could be a bit fatigued after playing a long series in Arizona, but the Cubs will be able to find some energy when they take the field against the Cardinals. Look for the Cubs’ offense to score plenty of runs in this game, and then the bullpen will take care of the rest.
Cubs, Cards Split Series
The Cubs are going to win the series opener, but they aren’t going to dominate this series as they have in the past. Chicago will also have a significant advantage in the third game of the series as they have Kyle Hendricks on the mound.
St. Louis will pick up some wins as the Cardinals are always much tougher to beat at home. Both the Cubs and Cardinals enter this series with an identical record, and there just isn’t much separation between the two clubs.
The best bet to make in this series is for a series split as each team will pick up a pair of wins.