Marlins vs. Cubs - 6/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (47-24) at Miami Marlins (39-34)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 24, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
K Hendricks (5-6) (2.82) vs. T Koehler (6-6) (3.92)
The Line: Miami Marlins +135 / Chicago Cubs -160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins meet Friday night for game two of their series at Marlins Park.
The Chicago Cubs could use a win in order to snap a tough four-game losing streak. The Cubs have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 2.73 and have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ben Zobrist leads Chicago with 73 hits, Kris Bryant has 49 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 17 home runs. Kyle Hendricks gets the nod, and he’s 5-6 with a 2.94 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
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The Miami Marlins look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Marlins have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 18 games. The Miami Marlins offense has been hit or miss lately, but they have won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Marcell Ozuna leads Miami with 87 hits, Christian Yelich has 35 RBI and Giancarlo Stanton has 14 home runs. Tom Koehler takes the hill, and he’s 6-6 with a 3.92 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. Koehler is 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 8-1 in their last 9 Friday games and 0-5 in Hendricks' last 5 road starts. The Marlins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central and 4-1 in Koehlers last 5 starts.
The Cubs are finally starting to show some flaws, as they've cooled off big time and are struggling to score runs. Meanwhile, the Marlins are red hot right now and gaining confidence by the day. With Koehler pitching better, I like the fish to steal another one in this big series.