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Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Betting Prediction

The Chicago Cubs are at the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday for the first of a three game series. The Cubs are coming off a shut-out loss at the hands of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.  With the loss, Chicago is now 27-24. The Cubs are still in second place, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers

The Cardinals come into the game in third place in the National League Central. St. Louis is trialing the Brewers and Cubs. The Cardinals come in with a 23-26 record. They are coming off a three game sweep at home over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Chicago Cubs are -135 on the road in this game. The total is listed at 7.5 runs.

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The Cubs offense has struggled during the month of May. The Cubs are are 9-12 this month, and have scored just 9 runs over their last five games. Chicago is now scoring 4.4 runs per game, which is right in the middle of the pack in  Major League Baseball.

Nico Hoerner and Mike Tauchman are the top two batting averages for the Cubs. They are both at .262 on the season. The power is coming from Christopher Morel. He has clubbed 9 homeruns on the season. Hoerner leads the way with 11 doubles. Chicago has 48 homeruns on the season.

Shota Imanaga will take the mound for the Chicago Cubs. He has been the ace of the staff for Chicago. He has been great, with a 5-0 record, and 0.84 earned run average. Imanaga has struck out 58 batters and 53.2 innings, while walking just 9.

Cardinals Heating up as Temperatures do the Same

Miles Mikolas will throw for St. Louis. Mikolas has run into some tough outings this season. He is 3-5 on the season with an ERA of 5.77. Mikolas has not been great with the strikeout, as he has just 39 on the season, with 11 walks.

The Cardinals offense has been hot as of late, with 14 runs in the three game sweep over Baltimore. The Cardinals have won 5 out of 6, after scoring 17 in two games against Boston. The offense is coming from various places, but Masyn Winn is having himself a solid rookie season. The shortstop leads the team with a .295 average.

Nolan Gorman has been the leading home run hitter for the Cardinals. He has 8 on the season. Brendan Donovan leads the Cardinals in doubles, with 12. Paul Goldschmidt has gotten off to a slow start. The former MVP is hitting just .211 on the season.

St. Louis wraps up the home stand with this series, before playing nine straight on the road. The Cardinals are at the Reds, Phillies and then Astros.

Cardinals Beat Cubs on Friday

We like the Cardinals here. Chicago has had a tough time getting offense going, and St. Louis seems to be breaking out a little bit. We predict Imanaga is going to grab his first loss of the season. The Cardinals touch him up a little, and win the first game of this big rivalry series over the holiday weekend.

Our final bet for this game is the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs. Enjoy the game and best of luck with all your Major League Baseball betting!

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