Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, first game for the home team after several days without action related to the coronavirus. The Cardinals stopped playing almost two weeks after a few players (seven) tested positive for COVID-19. These players will no longer be on the roster until they have fully recovered. The Cubs are leading the division and hope to stay on top throughout the month.
Chicago Cubs: We have nothing to fear.
The Cubs are dominating the National League Central Division with 10 wins and only 3 losses. The team is the second with the best record of the entire season, but this is probably until today. A couple of days ago the Cubs lost a six game winning streak. The last game was a loss against the Royals 2-13 in Kansas.
The team is scoring an average of 5.00 runs per game, 3.62 walks, 10.15 strikeouts, 7.85 hits and 1.46 home runs. The Cubs allow up to 4.46 runs, 7.38 hits, and 1.23 home runs. So far, the team has not lost a series this season. All series have been winners against: Brewers, Reds, Pirates and Royals.
Jon Lester will be the pitcher for this game against the Cardinals. 15 years of experience in the majors. Six of those fifteen with the Cubs. Last season was positive for him at 13-10. So far, only one win in the season against the Reds 8-7.
St. Louis Cardinals: We are back.
The Cardinals struggled for a couple of weeks with the coronavirus. Among the players that will not be available for several days (weeks) are Yadier Molina and DeJong. In total there are 7 infected players, including 6 Cardinals staff members. For now, the Cardinals’ record is 2-3 at the Central division. The team has time to recover and look for more victories.
The numbers are few for the Cardinals. For now the team is scoring an average of 3.60 runs per game, 2.20 walks, 8.80 strikeouts and 0.60 home runs. The Cardinals allow up to 3.80 runs per game, 76.20 hits, and 1.00 home runs. The last series was a 2-0 loss to the Twins.
Daniel Ponce de León will open the game. Daniel has been playing with the Cardinals for three years, so far 1-5 overall. The first game of the current season was against the Twins, but Daniel lost 3-0 on the road. After this game the Cardinals will use Wainwright.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals 08/07/2020 is: take the Chicago Cubs (Moneyline).
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