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Cubs vs. Marlins - 7/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (33-46) at Chicago Cubs (41-35)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 3, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

T Koehler (6-4) (3.77) vs. D Roach (0-1) (10.81)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -167 / Miami Marlins +157 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-FL, ESPN2

The Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Friday afternoon.

The Miami Marlins look to keep rolling after winning four of their last five games. The Marlins have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Marlins have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Dee Gordon leads Miami with 114 hits and 21 RBI while Adeiny Hechavarria and Justin Bour have combined for 52 RBI. The Miami Marlins have lost eight of their last 10 road games. Tom Koehler gets the nod, and he’s 6-4 with a 3.66 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Koehler is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

Cubs vs. Marlins - 7/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Cubs have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Cubs have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 85 hits and 45 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 79 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have split their last eight home games. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 5-3 with a 2.92 ERA and 99 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 2-3 with a 4.33 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 in Koehlers last 6 starts. The Cubs are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. National League East and 0-6 in their last 6 Friday games. The over is 7-3-3 in the last 13 meetings. 

Both teams are having trouble putting runs on the board, especially the Cubs who have topped three runs just four times since June 18th. Koehler has also had success as of late, which is why I'm taking the free run in this spot. 

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Miami Marlins +1.5

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