Chicago Cubs (27-45) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (41-33)
June 26, 2022 2:15 pm EDT
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -192 / Chicago Cubs +140; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals meet Sunday in MLB action from Busch Stadium. This will be the finale in a three-game weekend series. The Cubs took a shutout win on Friday in the opener, then on Saturday the Cardinals evened it up with a two-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Chicago scored twice in the second inning Friday, eventually hanging on for a 3-0 shutout victory. On Saturday in game two, the Cubs posted eight team hits in a 5-3 defeat. Starter Adrian Sampson put up 5.0 frames with two earned on four hits and two walks.
For the starter gig in the Sunday matchup, the Cubs will send out Matt Swarmer. Over five starts this year Swarmer is 1-3 with a 5.84 ERA. In 24.2 innings total he has 23 hits, 16 earned, 10 walks and 24 Ks.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they were out-hit 8-5 in the Friday game and couldn’t get much going. On Saturday, St. Louis scored twice in the bottom of the eighth and never looked back on the way to 10 hits. Starting pitcher Miles Mikolas finished with 6.0 innings, one earned, four hits and a walk.
For the Sunday finale the Cardinals will go with Jack Flaherty as the starter. In his two starts so far Flaherty has a 7.50 ERA and no decisions yet. In 6.0 innings he has five earned on seven hits and seven walks with four Ks.
The Cubs are 24-55 in their last 79 versus a team with a winning record and 4-10 in their last 14 versus a right-handed starter. Chicago is 0-4 in their last four Sunday games.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 8-3 in their last 11 at home and 34-16 in their last 50 versus the National League Central.
PICK: I’m probably staying with the Cardinals but not going near this one. Flaherty has had a couple of rough starts so far; he’s gone just 3.0 innings in each with seven walks in 6.0 innings. Swarmer has struggled recently himself with three straight losses. He’s got 14 earned in 12.2 innings during that time. This one could turn into a high-scoring shootout if neither pitcher can find his form.
Andrew’s Free Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -192