St Louis Cardinals versus Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Betting Preview

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A brand new Major League Baseball season will begin on Sunday April 5th as the Chicago Cubs will play host to the St Louis Cardinals. Game time from Wrigley Field in Chicago is set for 8PM Eastern Time with ESPN2 TV providing the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road side St Louis Cardinals the -113 wagering favorite with the return on the home underdog Chicago Cubs at +103 odds. The run total is lined at seven runs.

Hitting the mound for the St Louis Cardinals will be veteran right hander Adam Wainwright. The veteran right hander entered training camp with an ab injury that forced him to miss much of spring training. Wainwright was a 20 game winner in 2014 as he threw 227 innings. He has pitched 230 or greater innings in four of his past five seasons. Last year Wainwright was a better road pitching as he went 11-6 with an ERA of 1.72 allowing just three home runs.

Newly acquire left hander Jon Lester takes the mound at Wrigley Field in the Cubs opener. Chicago picked up Lester as a free agent. The veteran left hander spent most of his career with the Red Sox until being dealt at last year’s trading deadline to the Oakland Athletics. Lester finished off 2014 with a record of 16-11 and ERA of 2.46. The Cubs made some other impact moves during the offseason. One was signing former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Madden as the Cubs skipper. The Cubs were just a 73 win team last year and was in last place for the second straight season in the NL Central standings. Offensively there are talented bats in the lineup in first basemen Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starling Castro. Madden’s key for the Cubs success will be how he handles the starting pitchers and bullpen. He turned prospects into talented All Stars who became too expensive to keep for a small market team like Tampa Bay.

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