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MLB : ATS Matchup
Friday 7/20/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -170

-1.5  +150



ST LOUIS (48 - 47) at CHICAGO CUBS (56 - 38)
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Friday, 7/20/2018 2:20 PM
Board OpeningLatest
901ST LOUIS+150Ov 11.5,-110+130Ov 11,+100
902CHICAGO CUBS-160Un 11.5,-110-140Un 11,-120
ST LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games48-47-10.343-484.40.2460.3100.3930.7034.30.2440.3120.3670.680
Road Games24-23+0.323-224.80.2450.3140.4090.7234.40.2500.3230.3730.697
vs Left-handed Starters11-13-5.513-114.50.2370.3130.3880.7025.20.2810.3380.4130.751
Past 7 Games2-5-4.46-15.30.2680.3260.4150.7407.00.3080.3680.4310.799
Grass Games48-47-10.343-484.40.2460.3100.3930.7034.30.2440.3120.3670.680
Day Games22-17+1.817-204.30.2330.2990.3750.6744.20.2370.3080.3530.662
ST LOUIS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.40.2460.31095322479212451140.3933993018193463776797929
Road Games4.80.2450.314471630400634650.4092161644561832632403917
Lefty Starters4.50.2370.31324816193302300.38810191210111692328206
ST LOUIS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.551.405324.71791643263313030714-18221461.1%
Road Games4.621.520154887916815661564-1013765%

CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games56-38+3.444-495.20.2660.3390.4170.7563.90.2320.3170.3660.684
Home Games29-15+3.620-245.30.2740.3490.4310.7804.20.2400.3260.3770.703
vs Right-handed Starters39-32-4.933-374.80.2630.3370.4120.7493.90.2310.3150.3720.688
Past 7 Games5-2+35-25.60.2510.3180.3920.7103.90.2560.3170.3870.704
Grass Games56-38+3.444-495.20.2660.3390.4170.7563.90.2320.3170.3660.684
Day Games29-17+3.621-245.30.2710.3480.4300.7784.30.2310.3200.3720.692
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.20.2660.33994331388117221950.4174673678014275070638746
Home Games5.30.2740.3494414513977413430.4312281673232132830293420
Righty Starters4.80.2630.33771249365611714750.4123352785992958152476835
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.091.2783521311212833016735623-10291074.4%
Home Games3.441.284159.66761132157315614-117577.3%
ST LOUIS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/6/2018GANT(R)@ SAN FRANCISCORODRIGUEZ(R)2-3L1108 ovU530780
7/7/2018MARTINEZ(R)@ SAN FRANCISCOSAMARDZIJA(R)3-2W-1258.5 ovU771860
7/8/2018FLAHERTY(R)@ SAN FRANCISCOBUMGARNER(L)8-13L1107.5 unO117217110
7/10/2018MIKOLAS(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXCOVEY(R)14-2W-1809.5 unO16100541
7/11/2018WEAVER(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXRODON(L)0-4L-1509.5 unU481731
7/13/2018MARTINEZ(R)CINCINNATIHARVEY(R)1-9L-1559 evO4601490
7/14/2018FLAHERTY(R)CINCINNATICASTILLO(R)2-8L-1409 unO95214130
7/15/2018MIKOLAS(R)CINCINNATIDESCLAFANI(R)6-4W-1508.5 ovO740881
7/19/2018MARTINEZ(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSHENDRICKS(R)6-9L1409.5 ovO151031371
7/23/2018 @ CINCINNATI  
7/27/2018 CHICAGO CUBS  

 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/6/2018MONTGOMERY(L)CINCINNATIMAHLE(R)2-3L-1657.5 ovU890991
7/7/2018CHATWOOD(R)CINCINNATIHARVEY(R)8-7W-1309.5 ovO13901171
7/8/2018LESTER(L)CINCINNATICASTILLO(R)6-5W-1558.5 ovO11112852
7/9/2018HENDRICKS(R)@ SAN FRANCISCOSUAREZ(L)1-2L1107.5 ovU472990
7/10/2018QUINTANA(L)@ SAN FRANCISCOHOLLAND(L)2-0W-1408 unU640331
7/11/2018MONTGOMERY(L)@ SAN FRANCISCOCUETO(R)4-5L-1058 unO1114214150
7/13/2018CHATWOOD(R)@ SAN DIEGORICHARD(L)5-4W-1258.5 unO97010103
7/14/2018HENDRICKS(R)@ SAN DIEGOPERDOMO(R)11-6W-1758 ovO1350840
7/15/2018LESTER(L)@ SAN DIEGOLAUER(L)7-4W-1358 ovO1080993
7/19/2018HENDRICKS(R)ST LOUISMARTINEZ(R)9-6W-1509.5 ovO137115103
7/23/2018 ARIZONA  
7/26/2018 ARIZONA  
7/27/2018 @ ST LOUIS  
ST LOUIS: 2017 83-79, third place
MANAGER Mike Matheny (seventh season)
ADDITIONS: LF Marcell Ozuna, RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Bud Norris, INF-OF Yairo Munoz
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, OF Stephen Piscotty, OF Randal Grichuk, RHP Seung-hwan Oh, RHP Juan Nicasio, SS Aledmys Diaz, RHP Trevor Rosenthal
OUTLOOK: The Cardinals have had one losing season since the start of the century, but they are facing immense pressure from fans after finishing behind the Cubs and Brewers in 2017. St. Louis missed the playoffs for a second consecutive year, the first time that's happened since 2007-2008. For the Cardinals to snap that postseason "drought," they'll need bounce-back seasons from several players -- including a healthy Wainwright on the mound and Carpenter at the plate. Few expect the Cardinals to cede the NL Central title to Chicago for a third consecutive year without putting up a fight, but St. Louis will need Ozuna and Pham to produce as expected. If they do, and the Cardinals can bring along their reworked pitching staff, the potential for a return to the playoffs is there.
CHICAGO CUBS: 017 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS
MANAGER Joe Maddon (fourth season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly, C Chris Gimenez
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Wade Davis, C Alex Avila, C Rene Rivera, RHP Jake Arrieta, RHP John Lackey
OUTLOOK: World Series or bust. The acquisition of Darvish, who finalized a $126 million, six-year contract in February, gives Chicago a strong rotation, and the lineup is young, deep and dangerous. A franchise-record six players (Rizzo, Schwarber, Bryant, Happ, Baez and Contreras) belted at least 20 home runs last year, including a major league-record five in an age 25 or younger season. Chicago also scored more than 800 runs in consecutive seasons for the first time since the team surpassed that mark for three consecutive years from 1929-1931. The Cubs have made it to the NL Championship Series for three consecutive seasons, winning it all in 2016 to end a 108-year drought, and there's no reason to think they won't be in the mix for another title this year.
Cards starting fresh against Cubs

CHICAGO -- When the St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny just before the All-Star break, beginning the second half of the season strong was a pivotal first step for a team attempting to move on from the disappointment of the past few months.

A five-game series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, however, would prove to be a stiff test and it continues on Friday afternoon.

"It's important for us to go out there and try to win the series. Right now, we need that as a club," Cardinals veteran catcher Yadier Molina told NBC Sports Chicago earlier this week at the All-Star Game. "It's going to be tough. The Cubs, they're playing good baseball right now, they've got chemistry there. It's going to be tough, but our concentration is on trying to win the series."

The Cardinals didn't get off the start to the series they hoped for as the Cubs used a five-run fifth to rally from behind in a 9-6 victory on Thursday. Molina had four hits and scored a pair of runs, but St. Louis couldn't respond despite totaling 15 hits.

Jack Flaherty (3-4, 3.24 ERA) will start Friday's matinee against the Cubs.

Flaherty is winless in his last six starts but was effective in his last outing when he didn't allow a run and just two hits over five innings against the Cincinnati Reds. But prior to that start, Flaherty allowed at least three runs in his previous outings. The right-hander is 0-0 in two career outings (one start) against the Cubs.

Flaherty and the Cardinals will face a tough test as the Cubs will counter with All-Star Jon Lester, who put together a masterful first half with a 12-2 record and a 2.58 ERA. Lester hasn't lost since May 23 and continued his winning ways in his last outing against the San Diego Padres on July 15 when he struck out seven and allowed three runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Lester is 7-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 17 career starts against the Cardinals.

While Lester has been by far the Cubs' steadiest starter this season, Chicago's bullpen will have to do without closer Brandon Morrow for the immediate future. The Cubs placed Morrow on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with right biceps inflammation.

According to the Chicago Tribune, manager Joe Maddon suspected there was an issue with Morrow's arm when his velocity dipped in his final appearance against the Padres before the All-Star break.

Maddon told reporters on Thursday that he will the Cubs will be closer by committee until Morrow can return. In his first season with the Cubs, Morrow has 22 saves in 24 appearances and a 1.47 ERA in 35 appearances.

"It has been bothering him a bit, but we thought it was manageable," Maddon said, according to the Tribune. "But now it's not. We have to take a little bit of a break. We don't anticipate him being gone for a long time, but it seems to be prudent to go this course."

A radio report in Chicago on Thursday linked the Cubs as a major player for Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton as the trade deadline approaches. Adding a pitcher, whether a starter or to add depth to the bullpen has been the most discussed possibility for the Cubs, who rank second in the National League in team ERA, which was at 3.56 before Thursday's series opener.

"Our numbers are among the best," Maddon told reporters, "but you're always looking to make it better. That's what GMs do."

The Cubs did make a move after Thursday's game by acquiring left-hander Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers. Chavez was 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA in 30 apperances spanning 56 1/3 innings.

Last Updated: 2/16/2019 3:22:03 AM EST

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