MLB Picks: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJuly 11, 2013

MLB Picks: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has just three hits in 33 career at-bats against St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks on Thursday as the two teams open up a four-game series at Wrigley Field.

    Courtesy of SBR Forum, the Cubs are plus-108 home underdogs in the pro baseball odds, with the total sitting at 8.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this National League Central matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way. 

St. Louis Cardinals

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    The St. Louis Cardinals have won five games in a row, including a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros as minus-245 home favorites on Wednesday.

    Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook is 6-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Chicago Cubs. 

Chicago Cubs

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    The Chicago Cubs had their four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, suffering a 13-2 blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels as plus-121 home underdogs.

    Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson is 1-4 with a 4.85 ERA in eight lifetime appearances against the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the St. Louis Cardinals as one of their MLB picks on Thursday, as they've won 19 of their last 27 road games versus right-handed starting pitchers.

    MLB Pick: St. Louis Cardinals minus-125 

     

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