Athletics vs. Cubs - 8/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (67-41) at Oakland Athletics (48-61)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
J Arrieta (12-5) (2.75) vs. S Gray (5-10) (5.84)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +193 / Chicago Cubs -208 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday afternoon for game two of their series.
The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last nine games. The Cubs have scored 15 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to crush in the second half, and they’ve won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 115 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 79 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 13 home runs. Jake Arrieta gets the nod, and he’s 12-5 with a 2.75 ERA and 139 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 0-2 with a 4.61 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Athletics have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven straight games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.69 and have lost nine of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Khris Davis leads Oakland with 96 hits, Danny Valencia has 39 RBI and Marcus Semien has 22 home runs. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 5-10 with a 5.84 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. This will be Gray’s first career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 37-14 in Arrietas last 51 starts. The Athletics are 0-4 in their last 4 interleague games and 4-12 in Grays last 16 starts. The under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Cubs are back on one of those streaks and the A's pitching staff has been getting rocked to sleep the last week or so... Of course, it also helps to have Arrieta on the mound here. I'll take the Cubs and the RL to give this bet actual value.