The Chicago Cubs have not been playing that badly over the last several weeks. On Sunday, they will host the St. Louis Cardinals in a game that starts at 2:20 PM ET. The Cubs are the underdogs in the game at +120 (bet365). A runline handicap on Chicago of +1.5 (-130) looks like a safe bet to make in this game (Cardinals vs Cubs).

The Cubs are just 47-51 on the season. If they miss the playoffs, as expected, then it would likely be due to the team’s poor start in April and May. The team hasn’t exactly been ripping through the competition. However, since June 9th, the Cubs have played acceptably well. They are a .583 team over their last 36 games. They are 5-4 since the All-Star break, basically suggesting that the break didn’t really affect the Cubs for the worse or better.

Chicago Cubs: Recent Form Alert

  • Formerly: 26 – 36 on June 9th, 2023
  • Currently: 47 – 51 (overall)
  • Recent form: 21 – 15 since June 9th, 2023
  • Recent winning rate: .583

The Cubs are underdogs on Sunday in part because they send Jameson Taillon to the mound. He’s 3-6 with an ERA that doesn’t belong in the majors. However, he has done fine lately. He has a 3.38 ERA in the month of July.

The Cardinals are starting a better pitcher in Jordan Montgomery. But Montgomery is a left-hander and the Cubs have done well against the left-handed starters this season.

Cardinals vs Cubs betting recommendation

The game is a tricky one but Chicago, who hosts the game, looks underrated as underdogs. Bettors should take the handicap just in case Taillon has a bad start. But St. Louis is a weak enough road team that you could bet against them here, especially since Chicago’s worst baseball seems to be from a couple of months ago now.

Our recommendation: Cubs +1.5 at odds of -130 (bet365)

Further reading: Boston Red Sox have playoff hopes