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2018 MLB Season
(1-0) Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins (0-1)
Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Marlins Park, Miami Florida
Projected Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks vs. Caleb Smith
MLB Moneyline Odds: Chicago -215
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Chicago -1.5 (-135)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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After downing Miami 8-4 on their home-opener, Chicago will look to build a winning streak in game two of this series.
Chicago will be going with veteran Kyle Hendricks to oppose the young lefty Caleb Smith. The Cubs are big (-215) money line favorites, with about 60% of the public backing them.
Chicago may have taken out Miami 8-4, but their “Ace” Jon Lester didn’t look sharp at all only going 3.1 innings giving up seven hits and three earned runs, although his outfield didn’t help him out on a couple of plays.
Aside from the pitching the bats looked solid getting nine hits, while Ian Happ, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber all jacked home runs.
On a down note though between the one and four slots of the lineup, they combined for nine strikeouts.
Hendricks has been a solid pitcher worthy of the number two spot as he owns a career ERA of 2.94 and FIP of 3.43. He doesn’t produce a lot of swings and misses with a career K/9 of 7.73, but also doesn’t give up walks with a career BB/9 of 2.17.
He is a ground ball pitcher with a career GB% of 49.6%. The combo of inducing ground balls and Chicago’s defense and shifting techniques have helped him in thrive for Chicago.
Like Lester, Jose Urena didn’t look sharp giving up six hits and five earned runs. It was promising to see this young lineup knock around a vet like Lester for seven hits early.
This time around they’ll have their lefty Smith who they acquired from the New York Yankees earlier this year. He is a fly ball pitcher that is projected to have a K/9 of 8.43 and a high BB/9 of 4.47.
As a fly ball pitcher he’ll need to work on not giving up the long ball as he had a 1.93 HR/9 last year in the big leagues, but I’ll give him a pass considering it was a very tiny sample size.
Also his command needs to have been improved on so that when he does give up a home run, it’s not including extra runs from walks.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- CHC are 12-5 in their last 17 games as a favorite.
- CHC are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Miami.
- CHC are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
- MIA are 4-14 in their last 18 games as an underdog.
- Over is 8-2-1 in MIA last 11 home games.
- Over is 7-3-2 in MIA last 12 games as an underdog.
Free Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins MLB Prediction: Hendricks, Cubs breeze through Marlins in game two
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Chicago -1.5
Chicago ate up lefties last year going 23-18 against them while owning a team slash line of
.264/.349/.428. I’ll back the team with more talent and the better pitcher.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 5 – Miami 2
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