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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals 5/26/24 MLB Betting Picks

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals 5/26/24 – As the Major League Baseball season progresses, fans and bettors alike are turning their attention to a compelling matchup between the Chicago Cubs (27-24) and the St. Louis Cardinals (23-26). Scheduled for a Sunday showdown on May 26, 2024, at Busch Stadium, this game not only presents a crucial point in the season for both teams but also offers intriguing opportunities for those looking for the best MLB free picks.

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals 5/26/24

When:Sunday, May 26, 2024, at 7:10 PM ET
Where:Busch Stadium

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals 5/26/24

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The betting odds for this matchup are currently pending, reflecting the unpredictable nature of this season’s performances by both teams. Bettors will need to keep a close eye on updates as game day approaches, especially considering the recent trends and the starting pitchers slated to take the mound.

Javier Assad (4-0, 1.7 ERA) vs. Sonny Gray (6-2, 2.87 ERA)

Javier Assad of the Chicago Cubs has been improving the standings record of the team this year and the hard-throwing right-hander remains unbeaten so far. With a stellar 1.7 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP across their 53 IP might say otherwise, but Assad has done a good job of keeping the ball in the yard. The low walk rate and high strikeout number listed imply that he may prove to be a nemesis for the Cardinals’ bats.

On the other side of the fence, the Cardinals will be fielding veteran pitcher Sonny Gray who has also posted a decent 6-2W/L record and a 2.87 ERA. Still, Gray out-performs the average by demonstrating a strength in strikeout during the course of 47 innings totaling to 59 K. His control based on a total of only 10 bases on balls make him a tough pitcher to encounter when on the mound. Although the number of home runs is, perhaps, a little more on the side of the Cubs, it might be the area they could optimize.

Cubs’ Strategic Batting

The Chicago Cubs’ overall team statistics reflect a challenging season at the plate, with a .227 batting average and a .372 slugging percentage. However, their 48 home runs and consistent on-base performance (.311 OBP) show that they can capitalize on scoring opportunities, particularly against high-ERA pitchers like those in the Cardinals’ bullpen.

Cardinals’ Consistent Performance

The St. Louis Cardinals, with a closely matching .230 batting average and .360 slugging percentage, have also had their struggles but maintain a slightly better on-base percentage (.308 OBP). Their challenge will be to convert hits to runs, an area where they’ve fallen short with only 187 runs compared to the Cubs’ 218.


Chicago Cubs Betting Trends

Cubs are 2-3 in their last 5 games.
Chicago Cubs are 1-4 in their last 5 games against the spread
Cubs are 14-11 in their road games against the spread
The totals have gone OVER in 2 of Cubs’ last 5 games
The totals have gone OVER in 11 of Cubs’ 25 last games at home

St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends

Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 games.
St. Louis Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 games against the spread
Cardinals are 11-15 in their road games against the spread
The totals have gone OVER in 3 of Cardinals’ last 5 games
The totals have gone OVER in 10 of Cardinals’ 23 last games at home

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Picks

Given the recent upswing in the Cardinals’ performance and their solid record against the spread, they might be the safer bet in this matchup, especially with Sonny Gray on the mound. However, Javier Assad’s low ERA and the Cubs’ capability to hit home runs make them a threatening opponent.

Ultimately, this game could go either way, but with the Cardinals’ home advantage and recent form, they might just edge it out. For those looking at prop bets, considering an over on strikeouts for both starters could be lucrative, given their impressive strikeout rates. As always, it’s prudent to check the latest odds and updates on top betting websites before placing any bets.

Score Prediction: Cardinals 4, Cubs 3.