The Chicago Cubs (23-32) host the St. Louis Cardinals (31-23) in a matchup of division rivals on Sunday Night Baseball. This will be the last meeting of their five-game series. St. Louis currently sits in second place in the National League Central standings, while Chicago is in fourth place. These clubs have alternated wins and losses through the first four games of the series.
The first pitch is set for 7:08 p.m. ET from Wrigley Field in Chicago. St. Louis is the -135 money line favorite (risk $135 to win $100) in the latest Cardinals vs. Cubs odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Chicago is a +115 underdog. The over-under for total runs scored is nine. Before making any Cubs vs. Cardinals picks, you need to see the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s advanced computer simulation model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times and it is off to a strong start to the 2022 season. It’s on a 48-31 roll on top-rated MLB money-line picks through eight weeks, returning over $1,100 for $100 players. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Cardinals vs. Cubs, and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Cubs vs. Cardinals:
Cardinals vs. Cubs money line: St. Louis -135, Chicago +115
Cardinals vs. Cubs run-line: Chicago +1.5 (-140)
Cardinals vs. Cubs over-under: nine runs
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STL: Cardinals are 12-2 in their last 14 road games vs. a left-handed starter
CHC: Over is 4-1 in Cubs’ last five games as an underdog
Why you should back the Cardinals
Center fielder Harrison Bader has all the tools needed to thrive as he has amazing speed, instincts, and athleticism to consistently make an impact. He’s a reliable defender with a strong throwing arm. He’s also a threat to steal bases and is currently tied for second in the majors in stolen bases (14), along with teammate Tommy Edman. Bader owns a batting average of .267 with five home runs and 18 RBI on the season.
Edman is another steady contributor for the Cardinals. He has outstanding pitch awareness with his smooth line-drive swing and also plays superb defense as he’s a Gold Glove recipient. The 27-year-old has a batting average of .281 with five home runs and 23 RBI. Edman has recorded a hit in all four games during this series.
Why you should back the Cubs
Outfielder Ian Happ is a natural hitter due to his amazing hands and instincts at the plate. Happ has good plate coverage and can produce runs as the 27-year-old has a batting average of .272 with six home runs and 29 RBI. He’s currently on a six-game hitting streak, including three games with two-plus hits during that stretch. In his last game, he went 2-for-4 with two doubles.
First baseman Frank Schwindel has displayed his ability to hit for power while being able to drive in runs on a consistent basis. Schwindel is patient at the plate, draws his fair share of walks and ranks third on the team in home runs (8) and tied for second in RBI (29). In the first matchup of the doubleheader on Saturday, Schwindel went 3-for-5 with a solo homer.
How to make Cardinals vs. Cubs picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting nine combined runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model’s MLB picks at SportsLine.