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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Odds, Picks, and Predictions: Will Miles Mikolas Quiet Struggling Cubs?

Midwestern foes collide once again when the Cardinals take on the Cubs in game two of the series in Busch Stadium. It was the Cardinals who took game one by a score of 6-0 and thus took a 5-4 lead over the Cubs in the head-to-head season record. The Cardinals now look to secure the series win with another victory tonight. Can they do it behind Miles Mikolas? Check out the odds for the Cubs vs. Cardinals here.

Cardinals vs. Cubs Start Time, Where To Watch, And Odds

Date: August 3, 2022

Game Time: 7:45 pm ET

Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Prediction

Miles Mikolas is having an excellent comeback season. He is 8-8 with a 2.86 ERA, and that ERA lowers to 2.31 at home. Mikolas also have an extremely noticeable day and night split. He is 2-5 in day starts with a 4.36 ERA, but a much better 6-3 with a 1.83 ERA in night starts.

In fact, Mikolas has the second-best ERA in the league in night starts, behind only Martin Perez. Mikolas has had four straight quality starts at home and he faces a Cubs team that he just pitched six innings against with only one earned run back on June 25th. This will be Mikolas' second start against the club this year and he has had excellent numbers against the team in his tenure.

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In the other dugout will be lefty Justin Steele. Steele is 4-7 on the season with a 3.86 ERA. Steele started the year rough, as he had an ERA over five in April and May. Since then, he has lowered it but has still had a few rough starts here and there. Steele has one start against the Cardinals this year and it was a gem. He went seven innings with only one earned run in that outing. However, that outing was at home and Steele has a much worse 4.71 ERA on the road. The Cardinals are also a nasty matchup for Steele.

The Cubs lineup is third in all of baseball with a .782 OPS against left-handed pitching. They have been crushing southpaws all year and have another excellent opportunity to do so tonight. The Cardinals have hit .386 over their last ten games against left-handed pitching with an average of 9.36 runs per nine innings.

Mikolas has been on a tear in his night games, and the Cardinals have knocked lefties around all season. Steele isn't someone I expect to hold down this high-powered offense, even if he has looked good the last few months. I'm taking the Cardinals to be leading after five innings here tonight.

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Ben Rajavuori is a handicapper out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been creating sports content for almost four years now and is an expert in all things NFL, MLB, NBA, UFC, and NCAAB. Ben thrives on diving deep into statistics to find the best angle on every bet. You can follow him on Twitter @WeBeatTheSpread.


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