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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

June 15, 2024

The NL Central has an explosive rivalry coming up soon, as the St. Louis Cardinals (34-34) take on the Chicago Cubs (33-37) in Game 2 of their three-game series on Saturday, June 15 at 2:20 PM ET at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs are favored with a moneyline at -170.

St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

The Cardinals have won their last three games and appear to have positive momentum coming into this matchup. During their winning streak, they have scored 3.66 runs a game. If they can continue to produce quality offense, this will be pivotal for their success.

Andre Pallante (2-2) will start on the mound and have an opportunity to stand out against a better pitcher on paper. He is currently averaging a 4.88 ERA and has a WHIP of 1.03. Their ERA as a team is 3.94, which should help combat any issues early.

The Cardinals' success at the plate shines through Masyn Winn, who leads them with a .301 batting average. Another key offensive player to watch would be Nolan Gorman, who has taken over with 15 homers and 33 RBIs.

They are getting .237 at the plate from their offense but fail to slow down their opponents consistently, allowing them to achieve .245. If they can turn this around slightly, they have a great chance of winning again.

Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

The Cubs have lost their last two games and are now 2-3 over their previous five total. After getting shut out in Game 1 against the Cardinals, they must quickly regroup to make this appealing.

They will start Shota Imanaga (6-1), who has a good advantage on the mound with an ERA of 1.96 and a WHIP of 1.03. Their team ERA comes in at 3.91, so having him at the start should bode well for their chances.

The Cubs' offense has a few players that stand out, including Christoper Morel, who leads them with 40 RBIs and 13 homers. On top of that, they have Cody Bellinger, who leads with a.262 batting average.

The Cubs' batting average is weak on paper, at just .226. However, they allow their opponents to get .241, marginally better than the Cardinals'.

Odds, Series Trends, and Free Pick

MyBookie has provided the odds, showing that the Cubs have a shot at getting back on track at a price of -170. According to market analysis, they have a 64.6 percent likelihood of success.

Even though the Cardinals won 3-0 to end Game 1, they still need an appealing starter to this game on the mound. Their performances at the plate are similar to the Cubs, allowing them to win Game 2 at home.

Final Pick: Chicago Cubs -170