Rangers at Cubs - 7/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (54-38) at Chicago Cubs (55-35)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
C Hamels (9-2) (3.21) vs. J Lackey (7-5) (3.70)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -133 / Texas Rangers +123 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the Texas Rangers Sunday afternoon on TBS.
The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Rangers have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.43 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. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he’s 9-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs could also use a win after losing nine of their last 13 games. The Cubs have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to produce, and they’ve won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 95 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 65 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 13 home runs. John Lackey takes the hill, and he’s 7-5 with a 3.70 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 14-15 with a 5.71 ERA and 194 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 Sunday games and 24-6 in Hamels' last 30 starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League West and 1-4 in Lackeys last 5 starts. The Rangers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
The Cubs are slowly starting to find their groove again, while the Rangers are in their worst slump of the season. Even with Hamels on the hill, it's hard not to back the Cubs here. Give me Chicago for the sweep.