Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/7/14
Miami Marlins (32-28) at Chicago Cubs (23-34)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Randy Wolf (L) (1-1) (4.091) vs. Jeff Samardzija (R) (1-5) (2.538)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -149 / Miami Marlins +139 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, WGN-America
The Miami Marlins continue their series with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday.
There are several teams I consider to be pleasant surprises and I have to say the Marlins are near the top of the list as they are second in the National League East despite losing Jose Fernandez for the rest of the year. The Fish saw their four game winning streak end in the series opener by a 5-3 count in 13 innings. Nathan Eovaldi allowed three runs in 7.2 innings with Kevin Slowey serving up a two run homer in the 13th to take the loss. The offense received an RBI Justin Bour in the 9th with Reed Johnson lashing a two run single to tie it but the bats could do more from that point. Veteran lefty Randy Wolf takes the ball for his second straight start in 2014. Wolf defeated Tampa Bay in his first start 3-1 with a run allowed in six innings.
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The Cubs have little hope of escaping the National League Central basement this year but like every team they will get hot from time to time. This looks like one of those times with Friday's victory over the visiting Marlins giving Chicago four consecutive wins. It wasn't easy with the Cubbies blowing a 3-0 lead in the 9th to go to extra innings. Jason Hammel received a no decision despite seven scoreless inning because Hector Rondon allowed four hits and three 9th inning runs before the pen held the Marlins at bay. Anthony Rizzo was the offensive star with his walkoff two run homer giving him four RBI's. Jeff Samardzija shoots for his second win when he faces the dangerous offense of the Marlins. Samardzija is coming in off of a 9-0 loss at Milwaukee where he gave up eight runs in three frames.
Wolf's best days are behind him although he has shown he is still has something left while Samardzija doesn't get support at times. I'm leaning to the Marlins and their bats to get some runs if Wolf struggles...