St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, second game of the series. The first game was heavy, but the Cardinals managed to win 2-1. A single run was what marked the difference between two offensives who gave everything to win. The Cubs had Darvish doing a precise job from the first inning, but the strategy did not help to win. Cards at home feel more confident to win.
St. Louis Cardinals: Things at home are easier.
At home the Cardinals have a positive record with 30 wins and only 22 losses. This is the second series against the Cubs this season. The first series was a 3-0 victory against the visitors. In the first game of the series it was heavy from the beginning. The Cubs scored the first run in the fourth inning, but then the Cards tied the game.
At home, Cards are scoring an average of 4.35 runs per game, 3.31 walks, 7.75 strike outs, 7.90 hits, 1.00 home runs, 13.54 left on base. The defense allows up to 3.77 runs per game, 3.15 walks, 8.69 strike outs, 7.87 hits, 1.21 home runs, 13.62 left on base. Before this series the Cards lost 1-2 against the Astros.
Miles Mikolas will be starter in the second game. So far the season has been negative for him with 7-10 in 21 games as a starter. 4.19 ERA, 120 pitched innings, 127 hits, 58 runs, 17 home runs, 87 strike outs, 1.222 WHIP. In the last Mikolas game at home, the team won 7-0 against the Pirates.
Chicago Cubs: Another day to be more defensive.
The Cubs have a negative record playing on the road this season. So far 20 wins and 32 losses. Only four wins in July, nine losses. Before this series against the Cards, the team had lost against the Brewers, Giants and tied with the White Sox. In the first game, the Cubs produced 6 hits and one error. The best player was Jason Heyward with 1 run and 3 hits.
On the road the Cubs are scoring an average of 5.12 runs per game, 3.54 walks, 9.77 strike outs, 8.71 hits, 1.77 home runs, 13.83 left on base. The defense allows up to 4.92 runs, 3.65 walks, 8.15 strike outs, 8.75 hits, 1.31 home runs, 13.46 left on base. In the last series the Cubs allowed only nine runs.
Kyle Hendricks will be at the mount tonight. The season is slightly negative for Hendricks with 7-8 in 19 games as a starter. 3.26 ERA, 113.1 pitched innings, 103 hits, 48 runs, 13 home runs, 100 strike outs, 1.129 WHIP. Kyle lost the last game on the road against the Brewers 2-3.
My Free Pick & Prediction for St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs 07/31/2019 is: take the St. Louis Cardinals (Moneyline).
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