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St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Odds & Player Props (Saturday, June 15)

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in MLB Baseball

Updated Jun 14, 2024 · 5:36 PM PDT

Jun 9, 2024; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Shota Imanaga (18) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
  • Our Cardinals vs Cubs prediction for Saturday’s MLB matchup is in
  • The Cubs are favored with a -162 moneyline, while the Cardinals are +136 underdogs
  • Read below for our full Cardinals vs Cubs prediction, odds, player props, and injury report for June 15th

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs continue their three-game series on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Wrigley Field. First pitch is set for 2:20 PM ET on Marquee TV. The Cardinals took the series opener 3-0 behind a dominant pitching performance from Kyle Gibson.

The Cardinals (33-35) and Cubs (33-37) are both looking to gain ground in the tight NL Central race. Oddsmakers favor Craig Counsell’s team to get even, pricing the Cubs as -162 home favorites over the Cardinals.

Let’s delve into our Cardinals vs Cubs prediction as we analyze the MLB odds for Saturday and provide player props.

Cardinals vs Cubs Prediction – Saturday, June 15

Friday’s series opener was a pitchers’ duel, with the Cardinals coming out on top 3-0. Kyle Gibson tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six. The Cardinals’ offense was quiet until rookie Pedro Pagés hit his first career homer in the eighth inning to break the scoreless tie.

Saturday’s matchup features two more talented young arms. The Cardinals will send Andre Pallante (2-2, 4.88 ERA) to the mound, while the Cubs counter with Shota Imanaga (6-1, 1.96 ERA).

Pallante has been solid this season and is coming off a strong outing against the Rockies, where he threw five scoreless innings with six strikeouts. The righty has a 2.41 ERA in 18.2 career innings against the Cubs.

Imanaga, on the other hand, has been a revelation for the Cubs. The 30-year-old rookie has displayed excellent command, striking out 72 while walking just 11 in 69 innings. The Cubs are 10-2 in his starts this season, making him the favorite in the NL Rookie of the Year odds.

Both offenses have struggled to find consistency. The Cardinals rank 24th in runs scored per game (3.93), while the Cubs rank 19th (4.23). However, the Cardinals have the edge in the bullpen, ranking 13th in reliever ERA compared to the Cubs’ 25th-ranked bullpen.

Expect another low-scoring affair, with Imanaga and Pallante both pitching well. The under is on a 7-0 run in Chicago games and a 5-0 streak in St. Louis games — we see no reason to buck the trend Saturday.

STL vs CHI Pick:

  • Under 8.5 Runs (-115)

Cardinals vs Cubs Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
St. Louis Cardinals +1.5 (-146) +136 Over 8.5 (-105)
Chicago Cubs -1.5 (+122) -162 Under 8.5 (-115)

According to FanDuel, the Cubs are favored in this matchup, with a moneyline of -162. This means that a $162 bet on the Cubs would return a profit of $100 if they win. The Cardinals are the underdogs, with a moneyline of +136. A $100 bet on the Cardinals would return a profit of $136 if they emerge victorious.

The odds favor the Cubs due to several factors. First and foremost, they have Shota Imanaga on the mound, who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season. The Cubs are 10-2 in games started by Imanaga, compared to just 22-32 in all other games. Additionally, the Cubs have a strong home record of 18-14 at Wrigley Field this season.

However, it’s worth noting that the Cardinals have had the Cubs’ number this season, winning all three previous meetings. The Cardinals also have a better road record (16-19) than the Cubs have a home record.

Furthermore, the Cardinals’ bullpen has been much more reliable than the Cubs’, which could come into play if the game is close in the late innings.

 

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Cardinals vs Cubs Player Props

Here are a few of the MLB player props we’re targeting for Saturday’s game in the Windy City:

Shota Imanaga Over 6.5 Strikeouts (-120):

Imanaga has been racking up strikeouts this season, averaging nearly one per inning. The Cardinals’ lineup is prone to strikeouts, ranking 8th in the league in that category. Look for Imanaga to continue his dominance and surpass this strikeout total.

Nolan Gorman Over 0.5 Hits (-200):

Gorman has been swinging a hot bat this month, and he has a favorable matchup against the left-handed Imanaga. While Gorman is just 3-for-11 against the Cubs this season, expect him to get at least one hit in this game.

Michael Busch Over 0.5 RBIs (+150):

Busch has been the Cubs’ most consistent run-producer this month, and he has a good track record against the Cardinals, going 2-for-8 with an RBI in his career. With the Cubs likely to score a couple of runs, Busch has a good chance to drive in at least one.

Cardinals vs Cubs Injury Report

The Cubs lost starter Jordan Wicks to a right oblique strain in the second inning of Friday’s game. He’s likely headed back to the IL. The Cardinals have no significant injuries to report.

 

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