St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Free MLB Prediction, 6–8–2019
St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 7:15 PM EST
Line: Cardinals -112
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will meet for the 5th time in 9 days for an NL Central matchup. The Cardinals swept the Cubs last weekend in St. Louis and now the Cubs look to win Game 2 of this weekend series after Cole Hamels pitched a gem in the Cubs 3–1 victory on Friday. Odds list the Cardinals (-112) favorites in Game 2 on Saturday.
Pitching Matchup: Cardinals RH Jack Flaherty (4–3, 3.76 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jon Lester (4–4, 3.32 ERA)
The Cardinals will send RH Jack Flaherty to the mound for Game 2 on Saturday. Flaherty recorded an ND in his last start vs the Cubs after pitching 5.0 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 ER and 8 strikeouts in the Cardinals 7–4 victory. St. Louis held the Cubs offense to 6 total runs last weekend but the Cardinals are just 11–17 on the road this season and they have lost 3 of their last 4 on the road. St. Louis is 2–7 in Flaherty’s last 9 road starts and just 6–20 in the last 26 meetings in Chicago.
Chicago will send veteran southpaw Jon Lester to the mound who looks to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Lester picked up a win vs the Angels five days ago after pitching 7.0 strong innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 ER and 6 strikeouts. Javier Baez (.306, 16 HR, 42 RIB) paced the Cubs with a home run and 2 RBI on Friday and the Cubs will look to his bat once again in Game 2. The Cubs are 5–2 in Lester’s last 7 starts vs. Cardinals, 21–9 in their last 30 vs. a team with a winning record and 40–15 in Lester’s last 55 home starts.
The Cubs are 22–11 at home heading into Saturday’s important matchup. Lester has pitched well vs the Cardinals in his career posting a 6–2 record with a 3.01 ERA in 71.2 innings. Chicago has owned the Cardinals at home in recent seasons and after gettings swept last weekend, the Cubs must win Game 2 to secure the series win. Smart money backs the Cubs +102 as they continue their home dominance over the Cardinals.