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Cubs and Cards Kick Off MLB’s Return from All-Star Break

Chicago Cubs

Cards-Cubs Starting Second Half With a Bang

The Cubs host the Cardinals to start off second half of the 2018 regular season begins tonight.  It is the only game on the MLB schedule. game will naturally will be played at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs are 55-38 with  plus-1.82 betting units resume. The St. Louis Cardinals are 48-46 and stand at a minus-8.95 betting units.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN.  Odds: Cubs are -155 on the moneyline. The Total is 9.5.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Carlos Martinez (6-5, 3.08 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (6-8, 3.92).

The Cardinals in a state of flux after firing manager Mike Matheny on Saturday. They replaced him with interim manager Mike Shildt. He was a top scout for the Cards who then made the transition to coaching in the mid-2000s.

Shildt was the bench coach before taking over from Matheny. St. Louis won his managerial debut 6-4 over the Cincinnati Reds as –162 home favorites.

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Kyle Hendricks (3.92 ERA) is on the hill for Chicago. Hendricks isn’t pitching quite as well as he did in his first four years on the North Side. The Cubs have also given him just 4.42 runs per game in support.

This leaves Hendricks at the bottom of the starter rankings to start the 2nd half. The Cubs are minus-13.51 units on a team record of 6-12. The Under is 12-5-1 in those 18 starts.

Martinez had won three straight starts. He posted quality starts in all three, before losing to Cincinnati in his last outing of the first half. The 26-year-old Dominican allowed three runs over five innings. It was his first loss at home since May 8.

Martinez is 4-4 with a 4.58 ERA in 25 games (15 starts) against the Cubs. He received a no-decision June 16 in which he gave up three runs over five frames.

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