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Cubs at Marlins - 6/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (47-23) at Miami Marlins (38-34)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

J Lester (9-3) (2.06) vs. W Chen (4-2) (5.22)

The Line: Miami Marlins +156 / Chicago Cubs -166 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSCh/FSFL

The Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins begin a four-game series Thursday night at Marlins Park.

The Chicago Cubs look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Cubs have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 17 games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been consistent all season, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Ben Zobrist leads Chicago with 73 hits, Kris Bryant has 48 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 17 home runs. Jon Lester gets the nod, and he’s 9-3 with a 2.06 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. Lester is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

Cubs at Marlins - 6/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Marlins look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Marlins have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 15 games. The Miami Marlins offense has been consistent lately, and they’ve won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Marcell Ozuna leads Miami with 86 hits, Martin Prado has 22 RBI and Giancarlo Stanton has 13 home runs. Wei-Yin Chen takes the hill, and he’s 4-2 with a 5.22 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. This will be Chen’s first career game against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 20-7 in their last 27 during game 1 of a series and 5-0 in Lesters last 5 starts. The Marlins are 7-0 in their last 7 Thursday games and 8-3 in Chens last 11 starts. 

The Cubs aren't as hot as they once were, so paying decent sized juice may not be the best idea. I like the over in this spot with both teams swinging the bats well over the last few weeks. The over is also 5-1 in Chen's last six starts. Expect some fireworks in this contest. 

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Over 8.5

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