Cubs vs. Tigers - 8/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (56-61) at Chicago Cubs (67-49)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
A Sanchez (10-10) (4.95) vs. J Hammel (6-5) (3.10)
The Line: Chicago Cubs / Detroit Tigers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs begin a two-game series Tuesday night.
The Detroit Tigers need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Tigers have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Tigers have won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Kinsler leads Detroit with 138 hits and 53 RBI while J.D. Martinez and Jose Iglesias have combined for 97 RBI. The Detroit Tigers have lost six of their last nine road games. Anibal Sanchez gets the ball, and he’s 10-10 with a 4.95 ERA and 136 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 3-2 with a 3.57 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 123 hits and 68 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 112 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won eight straight home games. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 6-5 with a 3.10 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 2-2 with a 7.18 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss and 9-3 in Sanchezs last 12 starts. The Cubs are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Hammels last 5 starts. The Tigers are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago and 10-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.
The Cubs simply aren't losing right now at Wrigley Field, while the Tigers have had a hard time winning overall, especially on the road. The logical pick here has to be the Cubs.