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St Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs 7/9/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The St. Louis Cardinals (43-45) will duel the Chicago Cubs (43-45) in the NL Central Division three-game showdown at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday, July 9, 2021, at 2:20 PM ET. St. Louis failed to complete a series sweep after a 2-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants in the final installment of a series on Wednesday. However, the Cardinals beat the Giants in the series opener at 5-3, Monday and won Game 2 at 6-5 on Tuesday. Last time out, the St. Louis Cardinals posted six straight scoreless innings heading to a 2-5 defeat to San Francisco. Pitcher Johan Oviedo made 4.0 innings of work with two earned runs on three base hits allowed while awarding four free bases but struck out three batters of the Giants in the loss. First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt made one run on one base hit with a walk and an RBI in leading the Cardinals. Second Baseman Matt Carpenter added one run on one hit in the losing effort.

 

26-year-old southpaw Wade LeBlanc will start the season for St. Louis against the Cubs in Game 1 of a weekend series on Friday. The Left-handed thrower is 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA and 15 strikeouts in pitching for 23.1 innings in 12 games (three starts) this year. Lefty LeBlanc recorded a 4.54 career ERA while striking out a total of 657 batters in 905.2 innings played.

 

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St Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Predictions 7/9/2021

 

The Chicago Cubs concluded the four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 1-3 standing after losing the final match at 0-8 on Thursday. The Cubs managed to win only one installment of the series at 8-3 on Wednesday while losing three matches at 3-13 on Monday, 10-15 on Tuesday, and a 0-8 shutout loss in the finale on Thursday. Starting Pitcher Adbert Alzolay went 5.0 innings with four earned runs on five hits allowed while granting one walk and struck out five Philadelphia batters in the losing effort. Third Baseman Patrick Wisdom, Right Fielder Jason Heyward, Center/Left Fielder Rafael Ortega, 2nd Baseman Nico Hoerner, and Shortstop Sergio Alcantara drove one base hit each in the loss.

 

Chicago will counter with thirty-one-year-old righty Kyle Hendricks to take the starting role versus the Cardinals in the opening match of a series on Friday. In his 98.2 total innings pitched this year, the right-handed starter is 10-4 with a 3.83 ERA and a total of 79 strikeouts. Hendricks also allowed a total of 104 hits, 46 runs (42 earned), and 20 home runs while granting 19 walks in his MLB tour this season.

 

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs. The MLB Pick for this game is Chicago -170. The Cardinals will be missing Starting Pitcher Jack Flaherty who injured his oblique during a light bullpen exposure on Monday and he will not be playing until the end of this month. The Cubs will have their chance to take another triumph at home to bounce back from their last defeat to the Phillies. In 88 games played, St. Louis ranked 25th in OPS and 27th in runs scored while Chicago ranked 18th in OPS and 17th in runs scored this season. The predicted score, Chicago Cubs will win at 5-3.

 

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St Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs 7/9/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 2:20 PM ET

 

Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL

 

Date: Friday, July 9, 2021

 

TV: BSMW, MLBN

 

MLB Odds: Chicago Cubs -170

 

MLB Totals: 8

 

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