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Cardinals -135 vs. Cubs: August 25th, 2022, 2:20 PM EST

By Adam Ortega

A great MLB rivalry continues as National League Central rivals clash on Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals come into this matchup focused as they want to maintain their first place standing within the division over the Brewers. The Cubs are 6-4 in their last 10 games and looking for anything positive to hang onto to finish the season strong. Let's dig into the numbers.

The Cardinals are sending out Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.33 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) to the mound. In addition, peaking above the .500 mark for Hudson would be an excellent way to move forward on this promising season for the Cardinals. For Hudson to succeed Wednesday afternoon, I believe it starts with avoiding damage from Ian Happ (13 HR, 56 RBI, .274 AVG). Another bat to keep an eye on for the Cubs would be Nico Horner, who has 40 RBI's this season.

Marcus Stroman (3-5, 3.83 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) toes the rubber and looks to fly the W flag for the Cubs this afternoon. However, this will be a difficult task against a Cardinals team who does an excellent job hitting the baseball. Once pitchers arrive at the heart of the order of the Cardinals, they see Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Nolan Gorman, and the great Albert Pujols. Getting through these disciplined hitters is quite the task; however, if Stroman has a special day, look for him to give the Cubs a chance to win.

When it comes down to it, I'm backing the team that has World Series aspirations. Up and down the lineup, the Cardinals have a significant advantage on offense. You also have a great catcher in Yadier Molina behind the plate for Dakota Hudson. In addition, you have a 3-time Gold Glover, Paul Goldschmidt, at first base. These facts explain why the Cardinals are such a successful organization. Take the Cardinals on Wednesday to add some units to your bankroll. Thanks for your continued support!

PICK: Cardinals (-135) at DraftKings

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