MLB Pick: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs – Sunday July 23, 2017

Major League Baseball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
  • Date & Time: Sunday July 23, 2017; 7:00pm CT
  • Point Spread: Chicago Cubs -180
  • Total: 9
  • Quick Pick: St. Louis Cardinals +160

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs are the Sunday Night Baseball Game of the Week. The two teams have split the first two games of the series. With the loss on Saturday, St. Louis has dropped to 47-50 on the season. The Cardinals are fourth in the National League Central Division.

The Chicago Cubs are now 50-46 on the season. Chicago has won 7 out of 8 games since the All Star Break. The Cubs started Saturday just a single game behind the struggling Milwaukee Brewers. The Chicago Cubs are -180 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday Night Baseball.

St. Louis Can’t Find Traction

Just when the Cardinals start winning a few games, they fall back and lose a couple. The St. Louis bullpen has been the worst in baseball, with 20 blown saves. St. Louis has seen some sensational starting pitching, as they rank 3rd with 53 quality starts. Adam Wainwright went 7+ innings, but did not get a decision on Saturday.

Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk hit homeruns in the loss on Saturday. Those were the only two runs for the Cardinals. The top offensive season for St. Louis is coming from Jedd Gyorko. The third baseman is hitting .284, with 14 homeruns, and has drove in 50 runs in 2017.

Cubs Seeking to Stay Hot

The Chicago Cubs have been the best team in the National League in the second half of the season. The loss on Friday was their only since the All Star Game. The Cubs have moved to 25-21 on the season at Wrigley Field.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo were right in the mix in the win on Saturday. Rizzo tied the game for the Cubs, and then scored on a double by Rizzo. RIzzo leads the Cubs with 23 homeruns and 62 runs batted in. Bryant has the best batting average for Chicago, as he is hitting .278. The Cubs as a team are batting .245 in 2017.

Cardinals Win Series

Michael Wacha and Jose Quintana are both coming into this game fresh off a great outing last time out. Michael Wacha has been good for the Cardinals as of late, and just 5.1 innings away from 100 on the season. The righthander is 7-3 with an ERA of 3.71. Wacha just needs 6 strikeouts to reach 100 on the season.

The Chicago Cubs are using their new toy. Jose Quintana came over from the Chicago White Sox and was brilliant in the win over Baltimore. He went 7 innings, and struck out 12 batters, without allowing a run. Look for a low scoring game, with the Cardinals winning this game late. Bet the St. Louis Cardinals +160 over the Chicago Cubs.