The MLB is set up with another great night of baseball on July 22. Nine games are up on the board throughout Thursday. One of these matchups will be between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 7:15 PM Eastern time.
Chicago has earned a record of 47-49 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the NL Central. The Cubs are eight games back on a wild card spot entering this one. Chicago lost their last time out and have lost three of their last four. The Cubs will look to bounce back with a big win on Thursday night to close out this set.
The Cardinals have put up a record of 48-48 so far this season, which has them in third place of the NL Central. St. Louis is only seven games back on a wild card spot and seven and a half games back on the division. The Cardinals have won four of their last five games. St. Louis will look to finish this series out with another big win.
These two teams have put up very similar records on the season and will look for a big win to close out this series. St. Louis has struggled a bit against the Cubs this season, but will look to close out this series with a win. Chicago has not been great as of late and will look to find a way to close out this series with a win. I expect an exciting matchup on Thursday night.
The Cubs and the Cardinals have met up eleven times throughout this season. The first three games were in St. Louis between May 21 and 23. Joc Pederson hit a homer in the first matchup as Chicago won 12-3. Yadier Molina hit a home run as the Cardinals earned a 2-1 win in the second meeting. Javier Baez hit a two run homer in the top of the tenth to give the Cubs a 2-1 win in the third game.
The next three games shifted to Chicago between June 11 and 13. Joc Pederson, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras all hit home runs as the Cubs won 8-5 in the fourth game. Ian Happ hit a two run shot in the fifth matchup as Chicago won 7-2. Zach Davies pitched six and two thirds innings in the sixth meeting. He gave up two hits and no runs as the Cubs earned a 2-0 win.
The next two games were in Chicago on July 9 and 10. Joc Pederson and Kris Bryant both had three RBI’s in the seventh matchup as the Cubs earned a 10-5. Tommy Edman, Paul DeJong and Paul Goldschmidt all hit home runs in the eighth game. The Cardinals gave up six hits and no runs in route to a 6-0 win to close out this two game set.
St. Louis hosted the next three games between July 19 and 21. Dylan Carlson and Paul Goldschmidt both hit home runs in the ninth meeting as the Cardinals earned an 8-3 win. Javier Baez and Ian Happ both had two RBI’s in the tenth matchup. Chicago scored six runs in the top of the ninth as the Cubs earned a 7-6 win. Yadier Molina hit a walk off RBI in the bottom of the tenth to give St. Louis a 3-2 win.
Chicago has struggled with the bats in their hands this season. The Cubs have hit in 385 RBI’s on the season, which is 20th in the MLB. Chicago has earned 119 home runs, which is 11th in the league. The Cubs have struggled a bit on the mound and in the field. Chicago has given up 428 runs on the year, which is 17th in the MLB.
The Cardinals have also struggled up to bat throughout this season. St. Louis has earned 366 RBI’s, which is 25th in the league. The Cardinals gone deep 103 times on the season, which is 25th in the MLB. St. Louis has been solid defensively. The Cardinals have allowed opposing teams to score 419 runs, which is 13th in the league.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season at bat, but St. Louis has been the better team on the mound and in the field. The Cubs have been strong hitting the ball out of the park and will look to go deep early in this matchup. I expect both teams to try and set the pace with some runs early in this game on Thursday.
I expect Adbert Alzolay to get the start on the mound for the Cubs in this one. Alzolay has earned a record of 4-9 throughout his 16 starts this season. He has posted a 4.59 ERA and a WHIP of 1.11 in those matchups. Alzolay’s last start was against the Arizona Diamondbacks where he gave up five hits and two runs through five innings.
Kwang Hyun Kim will likely get the nod at pitcher for St. Louis on Thursday night. Kim has started in 16 games this season, going 5-5 throughout those starts. He has put up an ERA of 2.87 and a 1.23 WHIP in those games played. Kim pitched six innings in his last start against the San Francisco Giants. He gave up three hits and no runs for the win.
Kim has put up the better numbers so far this season and will look to have another strong start on July 22. Kim has won his last four starts and will look to keep it up in this one. Alzolay has struggled a bit on the season and will look for a big bounce back performance in this one. If either pitcher can put together a quality start, it could be enough for the win.
The Cardinals have struggled a bit on the season against Chicago, going 4-7 against the Cubs. St. Louis is coming off a big win in the tenth inning on Wednesday night and will look to build on it in this one. The Cardinals have the hotter pitcher on the mound, which I think will give them an edge in this one. I think St. Louis can close out this series with a win.
BetOnline has the Cardinals listed as a -130 against the money line in this one. This implies that St. Louis will win this game around 56.5 percent of the time. I think that this line it about right with how the Cardinals have played as of late. If St. Louis can get a quality start from Kim, I think that they can earn a big win at home.