Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/22/14
Baltimore Orioles (73-52) at Chicago Cubs (55-72)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Kevin Gausman (R) (7-4) (3.699) vs. Jake Arrieta (R) (6-4) (2.608)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -113 / Baltimore Orioles +103 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, WGN
The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Baltimore Orioles have won four straight games and are 21 games above a .500 record. The Orioles offense has really stepped up, producing four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Orioles have won 16 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Nelson Cruz has homered four times in his last 10 games and Adam Jones has 15 hits in his last 10 games. The Baltimore Orioles have an ERA of 3.60, which is 12th in the majors. Kevin Gausman gets the nod, and he’s 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA and has 48 strikeouts in 73 innings. This is Gausman’s first career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs have split their last 10 games and are 18 games below .500. The Cubs lack of offense continues to kill them this season, as they’ve produced three or less runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The Cubs have lost eight of their last 12 games when being held to three or less runs. Anthony Rizzo has a four-game hitting streak and Welington Castillo has homered twice in his last four games. The Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.76, which is 17th in the majors. Starting is Jake Arrieta, who is 6-4 with a 2.61 ERA and has 122 strikeouts in 117.1 innings. This is Arrieta’s first career game against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 5-1 in Gausman's last 6 road starts and 4-1 in Gausman's last 5 starts overall. The Cubs are 5-1 in Arrieta's last 6 starts during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Arrieta's last 5 starts with 4 days of rest.
Any time you get plus money with a team that is much better than the other, take advantage of it. I'm gladly taking this line with Baltimore on the road.