Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/16/14
Chicago Cubs (27-39) at Miami Marlins (34-33)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Jason Hammel (R) (6-4) (2.808) vs. Tom Koehler (R) (5-5) (3.677)
The Line: Miami Marlins -116 / Chicago Cubs +106 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-FL
The Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins will play a three-game series at Marlins Park that begins Monday.
Just when it looked like the Cubs were about to turn the corner, they go ahead and lose five of their last eight games. The reason for the struggles shouldn’t surprise anyone, as the Cubs have scored three or less runs in six of their last eight games. Lack of offense has been an issue for the Cubs all season long, as they’re 28th in the league in batting average. Pitching wise, the Cubs have the 11th best ERA at 3.65. Jason Hammel gets the nod, and he’s 6-4 with a 2.81 ERA and has 76 strikeouts in 83.1 innings. Hammel is 1-3 with a 4.65 ERA in seven career games against the Marlins.
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The Marlins just lost two of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates, but remain a healthy 23-13 at home. The Marlins pitching has been shaky as of late, allowing five or more runs in four of their last five games. The Marlins ERA seems to be dropping by the week, as it currently sits at 3.90. Offensively, Giancarlo Stanton has 11 hits in his last 10 games and Casey McGehee has a 10-game hitting streak. Tom Koehler takes the hill, and he’s 5-5 with a 3.68 ERA and has 56 strikeouts in 78.1 innings. This is Koehler’s second career start against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 2-5 in Hammel's last 7 starts as an underdog and 4-1 in Hammel's last 5 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Marlins are 5-2 in Koehler's last 7 home starts and 1-5 in Koehler's last 6 starts with 5 days of rest.
The Cubs are still the Cubs, while the Marlins are still one of the better home teams in the league and have their ace on the mound. I'll take the home team for the cheap price.