Miami Marlins (11-20) vs Chicago Cubs (16-13)Date : 05/07/2018
Time : 8:05 PM ET
Location : Wrigley Field
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Miami Marlins vs Chicago Cubs
The Cubs will welcome the Marlins to Wrigley Field as both teams will face off in a three-game series.
Miami Marlins's Latest Performance :
The Marlins will conclude their last series on the road against the Cubs. It has been an up and down season for the Marlins this year, they have yet to find consistency early in the season. The Marlins are in the last place in a very competitive division the NL East. Coming into this series against the Cubs the Marlins are the worst team in batting scoring only 99 runs this year. They will be going up against the 5th best pitching team in the Majors the Cubs, it will be challenging series for the Marlins.
Wei Yin Chen after an impressive start in his first game back, he didn’t deliver in his second outing he gave up a leadoff double and a walk on seven pitches. Baseball like any other sports you will have good days and bad days, what matters is how you respond from your bad performance.
Playing against the 5th best pitching team, the Marlins will have to rely on their star player J.T Realmuto, he has extended his hitting streak to 12. He hopes to make an impact after returning from the DL. His slash is .333/0.325/0.433.
My take on the Marlins they should go into full rebuilding mode and start to focus on the future because as of right they aren’t getting any production from their batters.
Taking the mound for Miami will be Jose Urena. He allowed five runs in four innings. But in his past two starts, Urena has given up three runs (two earned) with 11 strikeouts in 14 innings. He is still seeking for his first win of the season.
Chicago Cubs's Latest Performance :
The Cubs will return home for this series against the Marlins after being on a short road trip. The Cubs are on a 3 game losing streak. The Cubs is having a hard time generating runs in the last 4 games they managed to only score 8 runs. The Cubs are 16th when it comes to scoring with 138 runs scored this season. The Cubs now have scored three or few runs in 9 straight games, their batting has to improve. The Cubs needs to capitalize their scoring opportunities when the batters are in a scoring position something the team could work on in practice getting base hits.
Quintana walked four and threw 88 pitches to get 12 outs in a loss against the Cards, the 88 pitches that he threw was the second shortest inning of his career. He has an ERA of 4.99 with 27 strikeouts this season.
Javier Baez will have to pick up the slack as he is the team best batter with 26 RBIs to with 7 homers this season. Baez will have a great chance to put on a show for the home fans against the Marlins. His slash is .287/0.336/.620 this season.
Yu Darvish to be pitching for the Cubs. He hasn’t finished the fifth inning in four of his six starts and is still looking for his first win with the Cubs. The right-hander faced the Marlins on March 31 and gave up five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings.
How Miami Marlins & Chicago Cubs Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Cubs are 5-2 in their last 7 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Marlins are 8-20 in their last 28 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Chicago Cubs
My reason for the pick :
Both teams are struggling to generate runs at the moment so it will all come down to the pitching as my prediction the Cubs should be able to win at home although it won’t be a high scoring game, Baez should be able to lead the Cubs to a game 1 victory.
Betting trends for Miami Marlins:
- Marlins are 7-22 in their last 29 road games.
Betting trends for Chicago Cubs:
- Cubs are 41-17 in their last 58 games following a loss.