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Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (48-24) at Miami Marlins (39-35)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm (Marlins Park)

J Lackey (7-3) (2.78) vs. P Clemens (0-0) (5.40)

The Line: Miami Marlins +168 / Chicago Cubs -178 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN, FSFL

On Saturday afternoon, the MLB is bringing us another installment of the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins series from Marlins Park.

This will be game two of the set. In the opener Friday, the Cubs eked out a 5-4 victory, holding the Marlins to just two hits on the evening.

Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Saturday’s game, the Cubs will be bringing out right-hander John Lackey to the mound. In his 14 starts and 7-3 record this year, Lackey has produced a 2.78 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP in 94 innings of work. On Tuesday against the Nationals, Lackey posted two runs in six frames with seven strikeouts for a no-decision.

At the plate, Chicago has a near embarrassment of riches. Ben Zobrist leads the way with 74 hits, 49 runs, nine homers and 41 RBI. Kris Bryant is right there with 73 hits, 54 runs, 18 homers and 50 RBI this year. Bryant slapped a solo homer on Friday. Anthony Rizzo has produced 67 hits with 43 runs, 17 homers and 54 RBI thus far. Rizzo is currently sidelined with a stiff back.

On the Marlins side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Paul Clemens in the starting role Saturday. In his lone start this year, Clemens allowed three runs in five innings against the Rockies on Monday. That gives Clemens (0-0) a 5.40 ERA with a 2.00 WHIP in a very small sample size.

The Miami batting order is pretty solid as well. Marcel Ozuna has 87 hits with 47 runs, 16 homers and 44 RBI. Martin Prado has 85 hits with 22 RBI and 31 runs. Christian Yelich has hit safely 75 times with 33 runs and 35 RBI thus far. Prado and Yelich combined to go 0-for-6 on Friday.

The Cubs are 23-9 in their last 32 Saturday games, and 13-5 in their last 18 against the National League East. Chicago is also 4-0 in Lackey’s last four starts against the National League East, and 5-2 in Lackey’s last seven road starts.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are 6-2 in their last eight game threes of a series, and 6-3 in their last nine home games. Miami is also 5-3 in their last eight overall, and 4-1 in their last five against the National League Central.

I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick against the Cubs here, so I won’t. Lackey should be able to get the job done handily.

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Chicago Cubs -178

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