The Route 66 Rivalry resumes this Sunday when the Chicago Cubs visit the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. ESPN has the coverage beginning at 8 PM ET, with southpaw Jose Quintana (4.09 ERA) taking the mound for the Cubs opposite rookie right-hander Jack Flaherty (2.96 ERA).
It’s been a good start to the 2018 campaign for both the Cubs (38-27, minus-2.88 betting units) and the Cardinals (36-29, minus-1.98 units), although they find themselves in the red at press time, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the National League Central. The Cubs have the best hitting in baseball thus far, but their pitching has been substandard; St. Louis is less polarized, with decent results on both sides of the equation.
Quintana has definitely gotten by with a little help from his friends. The North Siders are 9-4 in his 13 starts for 1.97 units in profit, but only because they’ve given him 6.31 runs of support per game. The Cards, on the other hand, are 4-4 behind Flaherty for a loss of 1.20 units, providing just 4.25 runs per game and driving the Under to a 5-2-1 record.