Rangers at Cubs - 7/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (54-37) at Chicago Cubs (54-35)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Y Darvish (2-0) (2.87) vs. J Hammel (7-5) (3.46)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -127 / Texas Rangers +117 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series early Saturday afternoon.
The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Rangers have allowed 29 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six straight games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.42 and have lost nine of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond leads Texas with 113 hits, Rougned Odor has 46 RBI and Adrian Beltre has 12 home runs. Yu Darvish gets the nod, and he’s 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Darvish’s first career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs could also use a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Cubs have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to roll, and they’ve won seven of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 95 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 63 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 13 home runs. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 7-5 with a 3.46 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 38-14 in their last 52 during game 2 of a series and 1-6 in Darvishs last 7 road starts. The Cubs are 48-22 in their last 70 during game 2 of a series and 0-6 in Hammels last 6 starts. The Rangers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Cubs offense is showing signs of life again and the Rangers are in a nasty slump that appears to have carried over to the second half of the season. Hard not to take the Cubs here and the cheap price, especially with the way Texas is playing right now.