7:45 PM Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals will face the Cubs today for Game 2 of the series after Tuesday’s trades. The Cardinals acquired left-handed starter Jose Quintana and reliever Chris Stratton from the Pittsburgh Pirates and added left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery from the Yankees. The Cardinals won the opener of the series 6-0 and will start right-hander Miles Mikolas (8-8, 2.86 ERA). He held the Nationals to 2 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings of a 6-2 win his last time out. Mikolas is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in 2 starts against the Cubs this season. In his last start against them, on June 25, he kept them to just 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 9. Mikolas is 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 13 appearances against the Cubs in his career. The Cubs are going with left-hander Justin Steele (4-7, 3.86 ERA), who has allowed just 6 earned runs in his last 5 starts. But in his last outing, he suffered a 4-2 loss to the Giants allowing 4 unearned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Steele is 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 2 career starts against the Cardinals.
⚾The Cubs have lost 3 straight games and 4 of their last 5.
⚾The Cardinals have won 4 of their last 5 games.
⚾The Cardinals are 4-0 in Mikolas’ last 4 home starts.
⚾The Cardinals’ Mikolas has a 1.26 ERA in 6 career home starts against the Cubs.
⚾The Cardinals are 9-3 in their last 12 home games vs. a left-handed pitcher.
The Bookie: Cardinals -1.5 Runline +115