St. Louis Cardinals Odds
Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of the Cubs was just what St. Louis needed, enabling the Cardinals to shave two games off their deficit behind the first-place Cubs in the National League Central. Two more wins on Sunday night and Monday afternoon would send St. Louis home just a half-game behind Chicago.
The Cardinals will trot out Dakota Hudson to the mound for Sunday’s game, and the young right-hander has pitched well this season — with the exception of his first start on July 26, a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh. Hudson checked Cincinnati on four hits and one earned run in seven innings in a 7-5 win Monday night, striking out seven and walking none.
Despite his 1-2 record, Hudson has shown much better command this year, enabling him to post a 2.77 ERA and what would be a career-low 0.92 WHIP.
Chicago Cubs Odds
Chicago will emerge from this series in first place, no matter what happens in the last two games. But the Cubs could use a good start after essentially enduring two bullpen games in Saturday’s doubleheader losses.
The onus is on lefty Jon Lester — who has allowed at least five runs in three of his last four starts — to come up with an outing that lasts at least six innings. Lester was touched for eight hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, but did not receive a decision in his team’s 8-7, 11-inning win.
His ERA is a puffy 5.11, what would be the worst of his distinguished career, and he’s permitted a whopping 34 hits in his last 20 innings.
Cardinals at Cubs Betting Pick for September 6, 2020
If the wind is indeed blowing out at 20 mph, as forecasts expect it to Sunday night, Wrigley becomes the best home run park around. That plays into the Cubs’ hands, as they’ve hit more than twice as many homers as the Cardinals. It might take 10 runs to win this game.
Cardinals at Cubs Betting Pick: Cubs 10, Cardinals 7
Cardinals at Cubs Best Bet for September 6, 2020
Repeat after us, folks: Hammer the over. The wind affects the texture of every game at Wrigley, and when it blows from the south/southwest, hitters wake up salivating. This will not be a good night to be a pitcher. The long ball is likely to be the main storyline of this game.
Cardinals at Cubs Best Bet: Take the over on runs.