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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Betting Preview, Game Odds & Picks (May 23, 2021)

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Betting Preview

At the onset of the season, the Cubs were written off for dead.  And rightfully so.  Chicago trimmed payroll and ability with the MLB betting odds.  All of which makes their start to the 2021 season a surprise.  Counter to that is a Cardinals team that is no surprise at all.  As expected, St. Louis leads the National League Central.  Pitching is always the key to the Cardinals’ prospects.  This year the Redbirds are getting enough pitching and surprising power at the plate.  Chicago has the opportunity to close the gap with St. Louis Sunday Night.

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Information

Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Time: 7:08 p.m. ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
TV Coverage: ESPN

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds

Chicago Cubs +1½ ( -170 ) 9 ( EV ) +177
St. Louis Cardinals -1½ ( +150 ) 9 ( -120 ) -127
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Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals CashBet Wagering Analysis

On this occasion, we are treated to one of the great rivalries in baseball.  And a matchup of top contenders in the National League Central.  Squares are all over the Cardinals with the sportsbook odds.  Quality home favorites are their comfort zone.  Sharps that prefer St. Louis will think about the run line to knock down the price. In comparison, Chicago is attracting the attention of bargain hunters.  Few teams have exceeded expectations more than the Cubs.

Cubs Exceed Expectations in Early Stages

Chicago has beaten the MLB betting lines in four of their most recent six games.  Only two of their previous seven games cleared the total.  As a result, the Cubs are 21-20 straight up, 22-19 vs. the run line, and 18-20-3 over and under.  MLB metrics show Chicago 8th for run production and 19th for staff earned run average.  Also, Chicago committed the 6th fewest errors in the field.

Zach Davies is the probable starter for the Cubs.  Davies is 2-2 with a 5.60 earned run average and 1.783 WHIP.  However, Chicago won three of his last four starts.

Cardinals Hold Lead in NL Central

Late on, the Cardinals dropped four of their last six Betting on baseball matchups.  Three of their most recent four games cleared the total.  St. Louis is 24-18 straight up, 26-16 vs. the run line, and 19-19-3 over and under. To summarize, the Cardinals rank 14th for run production and 8th for home runs.  St. Louis ranked 13th for earned run average and 11th for the fewest runs committed.

Namely, Kwang Hyun Kim is the probable St. Louis starter.  Kim is 1-1 with a 2.73 earned run average and 1.291 WHIP.  St. Louis is 5-1 when Kim is on the hill.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Against the Spread

Overall, the Cubs are a 33% play in baseball betting away matchups.  Chicago got the money in only 42% of their Central Division matchups.  Specifically, as a run line dog, the Cubs are 67% on the board.  Chicago got the cash in 58% of their away games vs. the run line.  In NL Central games, the Cubs are only 33% vs. the run line.  Chicago is 55% over the total as a dog.  And then in NL Central matchups, the Cubs are 64% under the number.

St. Louis is a 65% play as a favorite.  While in NL Central games, the Redbirds have paid 65% of the time.  St. Louis got the cash in 62% of their home games.  In like manner, the Cardinals are 68% vs. the run line in NL Central matchups.  St. Louis is 57% over the total in NL Central games.  At home, the Redbirds are 58% under the total.

St. Louis is 6-5 in their last 11 games vs. the Cubs.  Only three of the last ten games between these teams cleared the total.  In turn, the Cardinals are 5-3 at Busch Stadium against the Cubs.  Four of the previous six in this series at St. Louis cleared the total.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals CashBet Free Pick  

As mentioned earlier, the Cardinals are strong MLB gambling values with Kim on the hill.

Cubs at Cardinals CashBet Best Bet:  St. Louis Cardinals


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