The Chicago Cubs, the hottest team in Major League Baseball, will try for their 9th straight win on Sunday. They will be in St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in an early-afternoon game. Our Cubs vs Cards prediction sees value in taking Chicago on the moneyline. They are +115 with bet365 sportsbook to win straight-up.

Chicago vs St. Louis: July 30th starting pitchers

The Cubs will send out the better starting pitcher in this game. Kyle Hendricks is just 4-4 on the season but he has an ERA of 3.45 and a very good WHIP of 1.04. He could use more strikeouts to prevent baserunners from advancing on productive outs. However, he clearly is the pitcher to be backing on Sunday. He had a couple of bad outings earlier this month. However, he has been pretty steady since that time, including notching a win in his last appearance.

St. Louis, who is just 22-29 from home, will send out Steven Matz. Matz is a left-handed pitcher and Chicago has done well against the lefties at 19-13. Matz is just 1-7, he has an ERA of 4.34, and his WHIP is 1.44. He does get his share of strikeouts but he allows a lot of baserunners as well. Bettors cannot feel confident backing this pitcher when he is up against Hendricks.

Cubs vs Cards Prediction: Chicago wins

There is also just Chicago’s recent form to think about. The Cubs have won 31 out of their last 52 games. With a winning rate of .596 over the stretch, it’s safe to say that the Cubs are more dangerous in this game than the fading Cardinals. This Chicago team has really stepped up their game and making the playoffs cannot be considered out of the question. They are a scoreboard-watching team now, one that has a chance to catch Milwaukee. Brewers certainly have not been in tip-top form for quite some time now.

Our recommendation is to back the Cubs in this game. That underdog odds of +115 are offered making the betting line all the more attractive. The start of the game is 2:15 PM ET on Sunday.