The Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals will square-off in the second game of a three-game set in St. Louis Wednesday night.

The Cubs will look to put some runs on the board and get even with the Cardinals after getting shut out last night in a 6-0 loss.

St. Louis was busy during the trade deadline yesterday, updating their pitching staff as they try to push towards October. Along with the additions of Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jose Quintana and reliever Chirs Stratton, the Cardinals acquired southpaw Jordan Montgomery from the New York Yankees in exchange for center-fielder Harrison Bader.

Chicago sold at the deadline but held onto All-Stars Ian Happ and Willson Contreras. Relievers Scott Effross, Mychal Givens, and David Robertson were sent to the Yankees, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies respectively for pitching prospects Hayden Wesneski, Saul Gonzalez, and Ben Brown.

Montgomery is slated to face his former team on Saturday as the Yankees come to the Gateway to the West.

Miles Mikolas (8-8, 2.86 ERA) will toe the slab for the Cardinals tonight. Aside from being blown up by the Cincinnati Reds two starts ago, Mikolas had a solid July. The mustached right-hander will look to replicate an outstanding outing against the Cubs in June, where he struck out nine and surrendered one run.

Chicago will turn to Justin Steele (4-7, 3.86 ERA). He faced the Cardinals once this season and turned in a stellar performance, earning one run across seven innings of work.

Let’s take a look at the angles for this divisional matchup.

Cardinals Love Lefties

The Cardinals are one of the best teams in baseball against lefties. A righty-heavy lineup led by sluggers Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt has turned in a .782 OPS against lefties this season, ranking third.
Goldschmidt was on fire last week, belting five home runs in four straight games.

Steele has been a better home pitcher this season. He has a 1.54 WHIP and a 4.71 ERA on the road. The Chicago southpaw has given up 30 walks to right-handed batters this season, which could give the Cardinals, who have the fourth-most stolen bases in baseball, encouragement to fly across the basepaths.

Mighty Mikolas

Mikolas does not have the most promising Baseball Savant page, but he is the Cardinals’ proven ace.

The right-hander has been lights out at home this season. He sports a 2.31 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP in 10 starts.

Mikolas has been the Cubs’ kryptonite in recent years. He has a 1.26 career ERA in six home starts against Chicago.

Although Mikolas can get blown up at any moment, the Cubs are having a lot of trouble scoring right now, and the last pitcher they want to see is Mikolas.

Mikolas is confident on the home mound and should shine against a sputtering Cubs offense.

Prediction

The Cardinals are a better team than the Cubs. Chicago can play spoiler, but the Cardinals are a solid home team and are motivated to stay on the Milwaukee Brewers’ tail for the NL Central crown.

Take the Cardinals ML (-178 at Caesars Sportsbook) tonight.

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