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St. Louis vs. Chi Cubs,
06/02/2017 14:20 EDT,
Score: 2 - 3
Money Line: -155 Chi Cubs
10* Chi Cubs (2:20 ET): Over the last two days, the Cardinals did something - twice - that the Cubs failed to do even once over a three-day span last week. That would be beat the Dodgers. In fact, the defending World Series Champs come into this series on an almost unthinkable six-game losing skid, having not just been swept by the Dodgers, but by the lowly Padres as well. That latter result simply "can't happen." This is now the club's longest losing skid under Joe Maddon and the 0-6 road trip was their first since 2012. But the Cubbies are back in the "Friendly Confines" today as the begin what is somewhat of a crucial series w/ their main rival. Despite the road trip giving us little reason to support them, I suspect this will be a nice bounce back weekend for the home team.
Perhaps the Cubs forgot to "pack their offense" for the West Coast trip. In the six games, they scored just nine runs (shut out twice by the Dodgers) and on Wednesday, they managed only three hits against the Padres. Clearly then, this represents what I call a "buy low" situation on what still projects to be the NL Central winner. There's only one way for the Cubs to go here and it's up. It should be pointed out that they are averaging a healthy 5.1 rpg at Wrigley this season. After splitting six games w/ the Cardinals at Busch Stadium earlier in the year, this is their first time getting to host St. Louis. Having had yday off while the Cards were wrapping things up w/ LA seems to be an edge for the Cubs to me. They are 7-3 after an off-day this season.
John Lackey will toe the rubber today, facing his former team. He's a perfect 5 for 5 when it comes to quality starts against St. Louis. His 1st start of this season was against the Redbirds and it resulted in a Cubs victory, 6-4, at the expense of the pitcher he'll again be facing today. That would be Lance Lynn, who admittedly is having a strong comeback season after Tommy John surgery put him on the shelf for all of 2016. But last time out saw Lynn struggle as he allowed four runs (tied a season-high) at Colorado. Granted, Lackey is off B2B similar showings, but Lynn has a career 4.76 ERA here in Wrigley and has lost three of his last five starts here. I look for the Cubs to break out of their slump this afternoon. They're still a very good ballclub even though they haven't shown that recently. 10* Chi Cubs