MLB Odds: Cards-Cubs Starting Second Half With a Bang. The unofficial second half of the 2018 regular season begins this Thursday with the only game on the MLB schedule, featuring a Route 66 Rivalry reunion at Wrigley Field between the Chicago Cubs (55-38, plus-1.82 betting units) and the St. Louis Cardinals (48-46, minus-8.95 units). ESPN has the first pitch at 7 PM ET. Bet on baseball at Bovada and get a free 50% bonus.

Kyle Hendricks (3.92 ERA) is projected to throw 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, leaving Hendricks at the bottom of the starter rankings heading into the All-Star break with minus-13.51 units on a team record of 6-12. The Under is 12-5-1 in those 18 starts.

The Cardinals have yet to pencil in a starter at press time. They’re in a state of flux after firing manager Mike Matheny on Saturday and replacing him with interim manager Mike Shildt, who was a scout for the Cards, 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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