The St. Louis Cardinals (83-69) will look to Paul Goldschmidt, who is coming off of a two-homer game, to lead them in a matchup with the Chicago Cubs (67-85) on Friday at 1:20 p.m. on ESPN. Goldschmidt and the Cardinals are -140 favorites for the contest, according to oddsmakers. St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty gets the start, and he’ll go against Chicago’s Zach Davies.
The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from FanDuel on Sept. 24. See the table below for current betting odds.
Cardinals Probable Starting Pitcher: Jack Flaherty
- The Cardinals will send Flaherty (9-2) to the mound for his 15th start this season.
- The right-hander last pitched on Tuesday, Aug. 24, when he threw two innings against the Tigers, giving up four earned runs.
- He has earned a quality start nine times in 14 starts this season.
- They have won 26 of their 38 games this season when striking out 10 or more opposing batters.
Cubs Probable Starting Pitcher: Zachary Davies
- Davies gets the start for the Cubs, his 32nd of the season. He is 6-11 with a 5.49 ERA and 112 strikeouts over 146 innings pitched.
- In his most recent time out on Saturday, the right-hander tossed 4 1/3 innings against the Brewers, giving up four earned runs while surrendering six hits.
- Davies has five quality starts under his belt this season.
- The Cubs have 18 quality starts over their 77 home games.
Cardinals Hitting Leaders
- Goldschmidt paces the Cardinals with a team-high batting average of .293.
- Goldschmidt ranks seventh in hits (168), 19th in RBI (94), 18th in AVG (.293), 24th in OBP (.362), and 16th in SLG (.510) among qualified hitters in MLB.
- Tyler O’Neill is batting .279 with 24 doubles, a triple, 29 home runs and 38 walks.
- Among the qualifying batters in MLB, O’Neill’s SLG and OBP are not among league leaders.
Cubs Hitting Leaders
- Frank Schwindel is batting .150 with one home run and three RBI for Chicago this season.
- Schwindel enters this game on a 11-game hitting streak.
- Willson Contreras has collected 89 hits this season and has an OBP of .331. He’s slugging .427 on the year.
Think the Cardinals are going to go all the way? See a pennant in their future? These are the latest odds from bookmakers on St. Louis taking home the NL Central crown, the NL Pennant and the World Series.
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