The top teams in the NL Central will face off in a grueling five-game series Sept. 4-7. The Cardinals have played eight games less than the Cubs due to their Covid-19 outbreak. Despite some of the collateral damage caused by the virus, St. Louis is having a good season. It will be exciting to see how they match up against the best team in their division for the second time this year.
Below we’ll dive into the latest news and statistics of these teams as well as how their games against each other this season have gone to help you weigh the odds and place a winning bet.
Cardinals Look to Solidify Standings
The St. Louis Cardinals will be entering this series fresh off three games against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals won the first two games against Cincinnati, including a huge victory Tuesday where they defeated the Reds 16-2. Cincinnati got a bit of revenge on Wednesday, sneaking in a 4-3 victory to end the series 2-1.
St. Louis enters with a 14-14 record. They’re playing games at breakneck speed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Because of the delays they’ve been forced to play multiple doubleheaders to make up for the postponed games.
This might prove to work in their favor because they get Thursday off while the Cubs will be finishing a series with the Pirates. It will give them some well-deserved rest. They have been playing an extremely intense schedule these last few weeks.
Leading the charge is DH Brad Miller, who has 13 runs, 22 hits, 5 homers, 19 RBIs, and is hitting .333. Right behind him is 1B Paul Goldschmidt, who is having a great season at the plate. Goldschmidt has 20 runs, 30 hits, 3 homers, 11 RB’s and has a .337 batting average.
SS Paul DeJong and RF Dexter Fowler have also been contributing and are a big reason why this team is still competitive despite the unexpected bumps.
As for the pitching side, Adam Wainwright continues to impress. He’s 3-0 with a 2.65 ERA. He’s also leading his team with 25 strikeouts.
Right behind is Kwang-Hyun Kim who is 2-0 ith an amazing 0.83 ERA over 21 innings. Dakota Hudson is 1-2 with a respectable 2.77 ERA.
As far as relief pitchers go, Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller have wo saves apiece.
Keep an eye on how their season progresses and if they can continue to win despite the heavy scheduling on our MLB News page.
Cubs Look to Pad Lead
The Chicago Cubs have been having a great season. They just wrapped up a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning two of the three games and keeping a stronghold on first place in the NL Central.
Although the Dodgers are looking strong to take first place overall in the National League, the Cubs have a great chance to take second. They’re practically neck and neck with the Padres and Braves for second-best.
They’ll be heading into Friday’s opening game with a 22-15 record. It should be a competitive series against St. Louis, as they are arch-rivals.
Leading the charge is CF Ian Happ, who is hitting .308. Out of 120 at-bats, he has 10 home runs and 22 RBIs. Happ suffered a minor injury Thursday and is day-to-day as of this writing. It’s just a bruised eye so we’ll see what happens.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo has a .299 batting average, 5 homers and 17 RBIs. Also of note is LF Kyle Schwarber, who is tied with Happ with 10 home runs. He also has 21 RBIs but is hitting at .227.
Yu Darvish is the ace of the pitching staff. His record is 6-1 with 52 strikeouts and a 1.47 ERA. He’s leading his team in all three of these categories and is having an amazing season.
Kyle Hendricks has probably been the most successful pitcher on the team behind Darvish. He’s 4-4 and has thrown 50 innings, more than any other starting pitcher on the team. His ERA is 3.78.
Alec Mills and Jon Lester are also throwing decently but both have an ERA greater than five.
As far as relief pitchers go, Jeremy Jeffress has led the bullpen with a 1.20 ERA and four saves. All in all, the Cubs are posting great numbers on defense and on offense and are one of the best teams in the National League.
Friday will mark the beginning of the second series these teams have played. Their last series was from Aug. 17-19.
It was a four-game series ending with a doubleheader. In this series the Cubs were clearly the better team, winning three games. The scores for Chicago’s wins were 5-4, 6-3, and 4-2. They lost the third game of the series during their doubleheader, 9-3.
Overall the Cubs and Cardinals actually tied as far as total runs are concerned, with both teams scoring 18. If Happ ends up sitting out part of this series things could easily sway in St. Louis’ favor.
It seems that the Cubs have an advantage but five games is a lot over four days and Chicago didn’t get a day off, unlike St. Louis. Be sure to watch this series and check out BetUS.com to place your bets!