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2020 MLB Handicapping
Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs
Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2020
Time: 2:08 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, in Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Sixto Sanchez vs. Yu Darvish
MLB Moneyline Odds: Marlins +170, Cubs -200
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Miami +1.5 (-125), Chicago -1.5 (+115)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 7
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With a rainout on Thursday, the Marlins and Cubs game will be made up on Friday afternoon with the same starters slated to go for each ball club.
The Marlins are now just one win away from winning their first playoff series since capturing the 2003 World Series. The Cubs will try to save their season as it all comes down to this game.
Don Mattingly has done a shockingly good job with his ball club this season bringing them one win away from advancing to the second round of the 2020 playoffs.
Garrett Cooper and Jesus Aguilar did all the scoring for the fish in game one. They each hit a dinger on the day and drove in five runs in total. Miami is a scrappy team and is going to take advantage of the mistakes by the defense and pitching. As a team, the Marlins have the most runs created by defensive miscues by an opposing team with +19.
Marlins will have their top pitching prospect, Sixto Sanchez, on the bump trying to advance them to the divisional round. Sanchez was dominant in the regular season going 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA. Not too bad for a rookie called up halfway through the season.
The Cubs lineup fell flat on Wednesday only managing one run thanks to an Ian Happ homerun. The trio of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez combined for 1-12 with 4 strikeouts on the day. You can’t have the meat of your offense get just one hit and expect to be competitive in the postseason.
If the Cubs managed to get knocked out in the first round by the Marlins, it’s going to be because their offense couldn’t keep up. Over the last 15 games, Chicago has averaged 4.21 runs which is worse than their season average.
With their backs against the wall, the Cubs will turn to their ace Yu Darvish in a must-win game situation. Darvish who is most likely the runner up for the Cy Young award in the National League finished the regular season 8-3 with a 2.19 ERA in 12 starts this season. David Ross is putting all his chips in the middle of the table with this move as they are going to need another classic Darvish gem if the offense isn’t going to score.
MLB Betting Trends:
- Miami is 2-9 SU in their last 11 games against Chi Cubs.
- Miami is 3-13 SU in their last 16 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs.
- Miami is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the National League.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami’s last 7 games against an opponent in the National League Central Division division.
- The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Chi Cubs’ last 21 games.
- Chi Cubs are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs’ last 7 games against Miami.
Free Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
I think the under is the play here with both of these pitchers being workhorses on the mound. Sixto struggled in his last start against the Braves, but I think this is a bounce-back spot against the Chicago lineup. Yu Darvish is the king of the regular season and tends to drop off in the postseason, but I think he’ll be able to continue this dominance into October. Give me the under 7 as it’s going to be a pitcher’s duel on Thursday in Chicago.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Under 7
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