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Cardinals Host Cubs in NL Central Rivalry Wednesday, July 21, 2021 on ESPN

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Information

On the whole, it’s difficult to find a more disappointing National League team than the Cardinals.  St. Louis was the betting favorite to win the National League Central.  And to do so without much difficulty.  Instead, the Cardinals are drowning gamblers with red ink against the MLB betting odds.   St. Louis is struggling like never before to score runs.  But pitching was supposed to be the Cardinals’ strength.  This year that is not the case.  Thus, the losing record and lack of profits.  Chicago has exceeded expectations in the season’s first half.  But doubts remain about the Cubs’ sustainability.

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Information

Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missour
TV Coverage: ESPN

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Cubs +1½ ( -200 ) 8 ( -115 ) +105
Cardinals -1½ ( +170 ) 8 ( -105 ) -115
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Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals CashBet Wagering Analysis

Increasingly there are top online sportsbook concerns about St. Louis’ playoff viability.  Gamblers are weary of the Cardinals’ inability to score runs.  But what the betting community didn’t expect was the drop in production of the St. Louis pitching staff.  Handicappers see the Brewers, Reds, and Cubs ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Central standings.  As a result, they are not thrilled about stepping out on St. Louis.

Although the Cubs are a pleasant surprise to gamblers, most aren’t fully on board for the long term. There is a sense that Chicago let too many good players and big payrolls go in the offseason.  Therefore, many gamblers believe it’s only a matter of time before the roof caves in.  In turn, a pre-All-Star-break slump fed into that theory.  But there isn’t much fear for betting against the Cardinals.

Cubs Refuse to Go Away

Late on, the Cubs have won four of their most recent six games.  Three of their previous four games went under the Betting on baseball total.  Chicago is 46-46 straight up, 51-41 vs. the run line, and 36-51-5 under the total.  While in away games, the Cubs are 18-29 straight up, 27-20 vs. the run line, and 16-28-3 under the number.  MLB metrics show Chicago 19th for run production and 14th for earned run average.  MLB bullpen stats show the Cubs 4th best for ERA.

Chicago’s probable starter is Kyle Hendricks.  Thus far, he is 12-4 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.261 WHIP.  Chicago won five of Hendricks’ previous seven starts.  Above all, Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 21 home runs.  Craig Kimbrell has 21 saves in 23 opportunities.

A Playoff Berth Not in the Cards?

St. Louis has won five of its last eight games.  And then three of their previous four matchups stayed under the total.  St. Louis is 46-47 straight up, 48-45 vs. the run line, and 42-45-5 under the capacity.  At Busch Stadium, the Cardinals are 25-19 straight up, 22-22 vs. the run line, and 17-23-3 under the number.  St. Louis ranks 27th in MLB for run production.  That is their biggest drag with the MLB betting lines.  MLB pitching metrics show the Redbirds 15th for earned run average and 18th for bullpen ERA.

Adam Wainwright is the probable Cardinals starter.  So far, he is 7-6 with a 3.71 ERA and WHIP of 1.146.  ST. Louis got the money in five of his most recent seven starts.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Against the Spread

Overall, the Cubs paid in seven of their last nine games with St. Louis.  Only four of the previous 14 games between these teams cleared the baseball betting total.  Specifically at St. Louis, the Cubs are 4-2 in their most recent six games.  Four of the last five games in this rivalry at Busch Stadium stayed under the number.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, the Cubs bring the better MLB gambling price and value.  St. Louis hasn’t played well enough to merit a home lay.

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