Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/14
Chicago Cubs (28-39) at Miami Marlins (35-33)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Jeff Samardzija (R) (2-6) (2.769) vs. Jacob Turner (R) (2-4) (6.376)
The Line: Miami Marlins -101 / Chicago Cubs -109 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSN-FL
The Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins play game two of three Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
The Cubs have won nine of their last 14 games and have moved within 10 games of a .500 record. The Cubs have scored four or more runs in seven of their last 13 games, which is an improvement for a team that is 27th in the league in runs scored. Starlin Castro has nine hits in his last five games and Junior Lake has scored seven runs in his last eight games. The Cubs pitching continues to be solid, as their ERA of 3.59 is the 10th best in the majors. Starting is Jeff Samardzija, who is 2-6 with a 2.77 ERA and has 82 strikeouts in 91 innings. Samardzija is 3-1 with a 4.93 ERA in 14 career games against the Marlins.
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The Marlins have lost four of their last five games and three of those losses have come at home where they’re usually unbeatable. The Marlins pitching staff has really struggled lately, allowing five or more runs in five of their last six games. The Marlins ERA is 3.87 and is getting worse by the week with no Jose Fernandez on the mound. Offensively, the Marlins continue to produce, especially Giancarlo Stanton, who now has three homers in his last 10 games. Starting is Anthony DeSclafani, who is 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA and has nine strikeouts in 11.1 innings. This will be DeSclafani’s first career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 2-8 in Samardzija's last 10 road starts and 6-20 in Samardzija's last 26 starts overall. The Marlins are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 10-4 in their last 14 home games vs. a team with a losing record. The Cubs are 4-1 in Samardzija's last 5 starts vs. Marlins.
I just don't like a rookie pitcher on the mound against a Cubs pitcher who has had great success against the Marlins in his career. Give me the road team for the cheap price.