Major League Baseball Returns - Cardinals Cubs Betting Preview July 19

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Baseball is back Thursday with a single game with the Cardinals-Cubs.  Chicago was an overnight favorite with a money line of -148.

These teams have split wins and losses over the last ten meetings. 

951     St. Louis Cardinals
C. Martinez -R                             +138     o                                                                
952     Chicago Cubs
K. Hendricks -R                             -148     o   

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

Martinez had won three straight starts, posting quality starts in all three, before losing to Cincinnati in his last outing of the first half.  He is 4-4 with a 4.58 ERA in 25 games (15 starts) against the Cub.

Hendricks is 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 starts against the Cardinals, including a win June 16 in St. Louis.    

The Cubs are 1-6 in Hendricks' last 7 starts with 4 days of rest but this is a team that went 12-3 in their last 15 overall prior to the All Star Break.

- Mary Montgomery,                     

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