Start Time: September 26 2017, 8:15 AM
The Chicago Cubs have won 11 of their last 13 games and would clinch their second straight National League Central title with a win at Busch Stadium tonight. The St. Louis Cardinals meanwhile have dropped three straight games and we can note that the Cubs are 6-0 in the last six head-to-head meetings.
Tonight the Cards hand the ball to Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.63 ERA. He gave up nine hits and four runs over 6 1/3 innings against Cincinnati his last time out and the right-hander is 1-1 with a somewhat high 4.26 ERA in four outings against the Cubs on the season.
The visitors turn to Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43 ERA) who is 8-3 with a 2.06 ERA through 16 career starts against St. Louis and 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three meetings on the season. Arrieta will make his second start since a stint on the 10-day disabled list caused by a hamstring injury, and I think he’ll be as sharp as he was in his comeback when he limited the Brewers to one run in five innings.
The Cubs are 6-1 in their last seven road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 21-5 in their last 26 road games vs. a right-handed starter. Neither side will lack motivation as the Cardinals are fighting to remain in the Wild Card race, but I’m gonna back the hotter team here.
My free pick is on Chicago Cubs.
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