22 Jul

Baseball Betting -- CJ'S PLAY: Wacha vs. Quintana in Hot Matchup

By Charles Jay

The Chicago Cubs are starting to heat up, and that is bad news not only for the National League Central division, but the rest of baseball. Of course, we are talking about the defending world champions, who were the big favorites to repeat this season, and they will go after their eighth win in nine games as they tackle the St. Louis Cardinals in Sunday night baseball on ESPN, beginning at 8:05 PM ET.

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The Cubs, winners of seven of their last eight, are standing at 50-46, just one game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. They have gained 4.5 games in the standings in the last six. And they have been active on the trade market, recently acquiring Jose Quintana, the powerful left-hander, from the crosstown Chicago White Sox. They gave up four prospects to get him, but for a team that wants to win right now, and with fans who have high expectations, it was the right move. In his debut for the Cubs, Quintana struck out 12 members of the Baltimore Orioles over seven scoreless innings, and now he's making his debut at Wrigley Field. Quintana, who admitted that he was affected by the trade rumors while he was with the White Sox, has struck out 22 batters in his last 12 1/3 innings. He is also looking forward to taking his turns at the bat, as he is 0-27 hitting.

In the baseball betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetDNA, home of the best live betting software on the planet, the Cubs are the -196 favorites, with a total of 7.5 runs.

The Cardinals are 47-50, but because no team in the Central division has really busted out, they are still within 4.5 games of Milwaukee's lead. And they will have a hot hand taking the mound. Michael Wacha, the former All-Star, got off to a very rough start this season, but he has been sizzling in the month of July, with a 3-0 record and 0.87 ERA. He pitched a complete game last time out – the first of his career. He has actually not lost a decision since May 30, although his career ERA against the Cubs a 6.35.

Yes, the defending world champs are hot, but you have to take a look at this one from the standpoint of value. And in CJ's Play, we think that the Cards may hold some value with Wacha in a groove, as we keep in mind that the Cubs have been, on balance, a disappointing offensive contingent. So we are taking the price (+138 as it was listed late).

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