Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins - 8/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (57-49) at Chicago Cubs (64-41)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
T Koehler (8-8) (4.18) vs. J Lackey (8-7) (3.69)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -190 / Miami Marlins +180 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to stay red hot after a win at home yesterday against the Miami Marlins as the two sides meet up on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley.
The Marlins dropped another road games on Tuesday night against the Cubs as they were edged out by a 3-2 final and are slowly seeing their grasp on a wild card spot in jeopardy as there are a handful of teams in the mix in the National League and the Fish could be on the outside looking in when it is all said and done. Miami does have a nice roster and should be able to keep up with the Cubs but that is easier said than done as Chicago is a very impressive 64-41 this season and have been one of the most consistent teams in the league this season. Tom Koehler will get the nod on the hill for the Marlins in this one as he is 8-8 with a 4.18 ERA and he will face off against John Lackey who has been very good this season with an 8-7 record and a very serviceable 3.69 ERA.
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The Cubs continue to look like the team to beat in the National League as they take down competitor after competitor on a nightly basis and find new ways to win with each passing game which is a very good sign for them as the playoffs fast approach. Chicago made some strides by adding some very big pieces to the bullpen led of course by Aroldis Chapman but they also brought in Joe Smith and Mike Montgomery who are two experienced arms that are in place to help the likes of Hector Rondon and Pdero Strop set things up for the Cuban Missile who is among the league’s elite closers.
The Marlins are 1-10 in their last 11 Wednesday starts from Koehler, 2-5 in their last seven Wednesday games overall and 6-0 in their last six games after dropping the first two of a series while the Cubs are 6-1 in their last seven overall, 4-1 in their last five against the NL East, and 61-27 in their last 88 home games. Miami is struggling right now and things don’t get easier here as Lackey has been solid and Wrigley in a matinee is a tough spot.