Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (68-41) at Oakland Athletics (48-62)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
K Hendricks (10-7) (2.15) vs. Sean Manaea (3-6) (4.68)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +155 / Chicago Cubs -165 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, WGN
The Chicago Cubs look to inch closer to a division crown with a win at the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
The Chicago Cubs have gotten hot again as they keep moving towards the National League Central crown. The Cubs stayed hot with a 4-0 victory at Oakland Saturday behind great work on the mound. Cubbies starter Jake Arrieta was in top form with eight scoreless frames to get the win. Chicago posted eight hits and three walks with Ben Zobrist going 2-5 with a pair of RBI’s while Addison Russell went 2-4 with a run and RBI. A red hot Kyle Hendricks toes the rubber for the first time in his career versus Oakland. Hendricks has not allowed a run in four of his last five starts covering 26.2 innings.
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The Oakland Athletics have been struggling to get their arms and bats on the same page. That trend continued Saturday afternoon with the bats going silent to send the Athletics to their 6th defeat in seven contests. A’s starter Sonny Gray gave up a pair of runs on five hits through five innings to absorb the loss with Liam Hendricks allowing two runs in an inning. Oakland mustered four hits and a base on balls with Yonder Alonso smacking a double. Rookie Sean Manaea looks to contain the dangerous offense of the Cubs on Sunday. Manaea comes off of a 5-4 defeat at the Angels with all five runs plated on six hits and three BB in 5.2 frames.
The over is 7-1 in the Cubs last 8 Sunday games and is 12-4-3 in their last 19 road games while the under is 13-5-2 in their last 20 on grass. The over is 6-1-1 in Oakland’s last 8 interleague games. I’ll back the Cubs and hope they don’t let up but too juicy for me...