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57-49 (28-25 V) Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs 64-41 (35-17 H)
Date: Wednesdsay August 3, 2016
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Tom Koehler vs. John Lackey
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -185
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off as of presstime
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The deadline has come and gone and these two teams seemed to have landed on opposite ends of the spectrum.
The Cubs, which were already sitting atop their division were decisive in acquiring Aroldis Chapman for the back of their bullpen.
Miami, which is a bit of a surprise contender, was only able to add Padres castoffs Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea. We will see where both go from here.
The Marlins may be a flawed team but one that looks like it will stay in the playoff hunt this season.
Though their moves were not considered to be great you have to applaud that they are taking advantage of their current positioning. Pitching might have been the primary need but at the same time they need their lineup to be more consistent.
They are still in the bottom third of scoring.
Tom Koehler’s shtick is reliability but he has been good of late too.
In his last two starts he has given up just 1ER combined.
However, both of those games were against Philadelphia, so the results should probably be taken with a grain of salt. In June against the Cubs he was solid nothing more.
Look for more of the same in this one.
The Cubs are back to playing some good ball, having won five of six heading into Tuesday.
They also have to feel good about the fact that the Pirates seem to be waving the white flag with their deals.
Key to the Cubs chances will be staying consistent down the stretch and trying to get the top record in the National League.
The offense is clicking once again which is a good sign. It feels like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant like taking turns.
John Lackey continues to deliver for Chicago. His 3.69 ERA may be the rotation’s highest but it is all relative. He wants the ball in big situations and along with Jon Lester has a lot of big game experience.
He has been much better at home this season, his ERA is almost two runs lower at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs bullpen was already the second hardest to hit. With Chapman on board it is even more so.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 11-4 in MIA last 15 Wed. games.
- MIA are 1-10 in Koehlers last 11 Wed. starts.
- Under is 12-3-2 in CHC last 17 overall.
- Under is 12-3-2 in CHC last 17 on grass.
- Under is 25-7-1 in CHC last 33 home games.
Free Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
The Cubs at home are always going to be overvalued but I have a hard time siding with the Marlins here. Koehler might deserve a little extra consideration due to recent performance but you don’t want to get too caught up in it.
The Cubs are likely the play but you probably have to go to the run line here. Lackey has been better at home and the Cubbies are playing well again so it feels right.
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Though I am not a big Lackey supporter I think the Cubs are the play here. Look for them to have little trouble getting to Koehler to put up some crooked numbers in a relatively easy win.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 7 – Miami 3
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