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54-36 (25-21 V) Texas Rangers vs (53-35) Chicago Cubs 53-35 (26-14 H)
Date: Friday July 15, 2016
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Martin Perez vs. Kyle Hendricks
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -183
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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I suppose teams get a treat with a couple of of the top teams in the game hooking up to start the second half.
A month ago this might have looked like a World Series preview but with the Cubs faltering and the Rangers injury challenges both of these teams have given hope to their rivals.
Chicago especially, a record start has led to many questions and concerns.
Texas has the best record in the American League. It is amazing how they got there and will be amazing if they can stay there given their injury troubles, especially to the starting rotation.
The funny thing is that even though their offense is in the top ten it is not “that” good.
They are still getting nothing out of Prince Fielder and Ian Desmond can’t be relied upon to be as good as he has been down the stretch.
This group seems ready for a fade.
Lefty Martin Perez seems to always be playing with fire. He is hittable and gives up way to many walks and doesn’t strike guys out.
In his last start he gave up 7ER to Boston. The Red Sox are a very good hitting team but at the same time maybe his run of trickery is up.
He always gets hit hard on the road so this is not a good situation for him.
The Cubs are in a funk. They have seen their lead evaporate in the NL Central and certainly have lost their air of invincibility.
Statistically their overall numbers look good but their early dominance is sugar coating those figures.
I am more worried about their lineup than their pitching.
The bottom of their lineup has really cooled and they are relying on Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to keep up their strong paces.
You probably didn’t know that Kyle Hendricks was the Cubs’ ERA leader at the break.
His numbers completely sustain his performance but he has never been this good for a whole season so only time will tell.
He did not give up more than 2ER in his last 4 starts before the All-Star break and has been dynamite at home – 1.67 ERA at Wrigley.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- TEX are 8-1 in Perezs last 9 starts.
- TEX are 8-1 in Perezs last 9 starts on grass.
- Under is 7-1 in Perezs last 8 Fri. starts.
- Over is 12-3-2 in CHC last 17 on grass.
- Over is 12-3-2 in CHC last 17 overall.
- Under is 16-5 in CHC last 21 home games.
Free Texas Rangers vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
The Rangers led MLB in units earned in the first half, and by a pretty wide margin. Starting the second half they will definitely be underdogs on the road. They are 36-23 as a dog this season.
You have to look at things game by game but those are killer numbers.
The Cubs were desperate for a break and are looking to get things back on track. Hendricks may be unsung but the production has been there.
They might be undervalued given all the talk about their recent failures.
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They should be favoured at home but I think there will still be enough value here with the Cubs.
I have never been a fan of Perez, he is just too hittable and might have been getting pretty lucky given how often he pitches with men on base.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 7 – Texas 3
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