Cubs vs. Mariners - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seattle Mariners (51-49) at Chicago Cubs (61-40)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
H Iwakuma (11-6) (3.96) vs. J Lester (10-4) (3.09)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -167 / Seattle Mariners +157 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series early Friday afternoon.
The Seattle Mariners look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The Mariners have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Seattle Mariners offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 122 hits, Kyle Seager has 67 RBI and Nelson Cruz has 25 home runs. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the nod, and he’s 11-6 with a 3.96 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. This will be Iwakuma’s second career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look for another win after winning eight of their last 15 games. The Cubs have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to produce, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 108 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 76 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 13 home runs. Jon Lester takes the hill, and he’s 10-4 with a 3.09 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. Lester is 5-4 with a 3.52 ERA and 81 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 6-1 in their last 7 Friday games and 5-0 in Iwakumas last 5 starts. The Cubs are 20-8 in their last 28 Friday games and 8-3 in Lesters last 11 starts. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Mariners have had the pleasure of having Thursday off and now have a pitcher in Iwakuma, who has won his last five starts. While the Mariners continue to play inconsistent ball overall, it's hard to ignore the value of the heavy plus money here.