The St. Louis Cardinals hope to earn another home upset on Tuesday night over the Chicago Cubs as they send out Adam Wainwright to face Jake Arrieta.
After going 8-1-1 over the final 10 games of spring training, the St. Louis Cardinals carried that momentum into the regular season with a win on Opening Day against the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals will try to stay hot this Tuesday night when their three-game series against the Cubs continues.
St. Louis is a +130 home underdog on Tuesday with Adam Wainwright set to take the mound at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs, who are going off as -150 road favorites.
St. Louis Cardinals
Carlos Martinez was masterful in St. Louis’ 4-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday, throwing 7.1 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. Now all eyes turn to Wainwright, who suffered through the worst season of his career as a starter last year with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Whether or not the Cardinals are a playoff team this year could hinge on if Wainwright can get back to numbers looking like his career averages at a 3.17 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
Even after winning as a home underdog on opening night, the Cardinals are just 3-11 in their last 14 instances as one per the OddsShark MLB Database.
Betting Line / Total: Chicago -150 / 7.5 Runs
Trend: The UNDER is 5-1-1 in the last seven games between the Cardinals and Cubs.
Trend: The Cardinals are 3-11 in their last 14 games as home underdogs.
Sunday’s season opener was a good microcosm of the Cubs offense as a whole; ugly and strikeout prone when it is off as it was for most of the game, and dangerous when on as it was in tying the game with a ninth-inning three-run rally against a very strong closer in Seung-Hwan Oh.
Arrieta is 5-1 in his last six starts against the Cardinals, but five of those starts came in Chicago. In Arrieta’s last four starts against the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Cubs are 1-3.
Tuesday’s total is set at 7.5 runs. The UNDER is 5-1-1 in the last seven games in this head-to-head series.
The Cardinals will have two chances to lock up a win in this series, on Tuesday night and then in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon with Lance Lynn and John Lackey set as the projected starters. St. Louis played Chicago tough last season with a 9-10 SU record in 19 games against the Cubs, and if Opening Day is any indication this rivalry will continue to be a hotly contested one in 2017.
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
When: Tuesday, April 4, 8:15 p.m. ET
Where: New Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri