St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Predictions
Key Stat: Lars Nootbaar is in a great shape recently
- Nootbaar went on a 5-game scoring streak
- Drew Smyly (5-6) struggles against top-seeded opponents
- The Cardinals are coming on a 7-game winning streak
The St. Louis Cardinals went on a fantastic 7-0 run which helped them climb to 4th place in the National League. They currently hold a 69-51 record and have a decent lead over the Phillies and the Brewers for a spot in the Playoffs. However, with around 30 games to go, nothing is certain as they will need to make one last push in order to get their prize for the tough Regular season. Their hitters came up huge recently turning into the main reason for their late success. Lars Nootbaar can be a precise example of such a player as he went on a 5-game scoring streak recording 11 runs in the process. He could have single-handedly won three of their last five games in the MLB which is an incredible achievement.
On the other hand, Drew Smyly (5-6) has been playing well during the Cubs’ prime days this season. As they are coming on an 11-5 run into this match, one can easily assume that they are currently in their peak form. However, the 33-year-old pitcher is still looking for his second big win in 2022 as excluding his victory over the Phillies, he has mostly defeated the likes of the WAS Nationals, CIN Reds, COL Rockies, PIT Pirates. We think that he won’t be able to stop all of the Cardinals’ hitters and Lars Nootbaar seems to be the right choice to go past him on Monday.
Key Stat: Albert Pujols has a decent HR ratio
- The Braves have scored 6 or more runs in 5 of their last 6 games
- The Athletics’ pitchers are underperforming
- Athletics’ 1-9 run would require a risky approach against the champions
The St. Louis Cardinals might have literally found their rhythm when they most needed it. Their hitters elevated their game in such a way that it became really hard for the opposition to stop them. They will further be motivated to prolong their 7-game winning streak, knowing that each victory puts them closer to the Playoffs berth. The team from Missouri knows how to deal with the pressure as they are 11-time World Series title holders.
Albert Pujols is one of the most recognizable hitters in the history of the MLB. The 42-year-old designated hitter from the Dominican Republic has spent the majority of his career as a Cardinal, meaning that he would love to retire in St. Louis as well. Pujols is an 11-time All-Star player winning the World Series twice with the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011. He is on a mission to make 700 home runs, but coming into this match with 692 to his name, it seems quite unlikely to achieve that this year. However, he will be determined to give it all for his favorite team in one of his last attempts to lift the trophy after 10+ years of drought. Hence, we think that Pujols will be able to live up to the expectations and break Drew Smyly on Monday night at Wrigley Field.
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