MLB Baseball Vegas Online Sports Betting & Predictions Friday June 15th, 2018
Chicago and St Louis Send Their Aces to the Mound Looking to Break Mini-Slumps
The Cubs are in second place, a game and a half behind Milwaukee after dropping two of three to the Brewers this week. They’ve lost three of their last four as they also dropped the finale of their series with Pittsburgh.
Things started off well in their series with the Brewers, breaking open a tight game with a five-run 11th inning to win 7-2.
The Brewers pitching staff stepped up big time in the final two games, shutting out the Cubs in both of them. They won 4-0 on Tuesday and 1-0 on Wednesday. Chicago was held to just eight hits through the two games.
The Cubs are still third in the NL, averaging 4.89 RPG, but the offense has been cool all month as they are averaging just 3.42 RPG. They are 8-4 in June however because the pitching staff has been outstanding, leading the league with a 2.63 ERA.
St Louis is in third place, four games out of first and they too have lost three of their last four games. They dropped the final two games in their series with San Diego by identical 4-2 scores after beating the Padres 5-2 in the opener.
The Cardinals are 6-6 this month with the team ERA at 3.83 and the offense also struggling. They are averaging 3.67 RPG. Their offense has had its fair share of struggles all season as they are 11th in the league putting up just 4.26 RPG.
Jon Lester (7-2, 2.22 ERA) is back to his stellar self this season after struggling last year. He’s pitched two straight games without allowing a run, throwing 14 innings overall and giving up just three hits. In his last ten starts he’s allowed no earned runs four times, one run three times and two runs once. The Cubs are 7-3 in those outings.
Michael Wacha (8-1, 2.47 ERA) has been his equal as the ace of the Cardinals. He’s allowed two runs or less in each of his last ten outings. The Cardinals are 8-2 in those appearances and have won his last three.
Chicago is -109 favorites and St Louis -101 underdogs. This should be a terrific pitcher’s duel and that edge should go to the Cubs who have the better bullpen and a more consistent offense. The Pick: Cubs 3-1.