Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/24/14
Baltimore Orioles (73-54) at Chicago Cubs (57-72)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Miguel Gonzalez (R) (6-6) (3.788) vs. Tsuyoshi Wada (L) (3-1) (2.745)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -103 / Baltimore Orioles -107 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, WGN
The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon.
The Baltimore Orioles have split their last eight games and are 19 games above a .500 record. After scoring a ton of runs throughout the year, the Orioles have been held to three runs in the first two games of this series. The Orioles have lost five straight games when being held to three or less runs. Nelson Cruz has homered four times in his last 10 games and Adam Jones has an RBI in three of his last four games. The Baltimore Orioles have an ERA of 3.61, which is 13th in the majors. Miguel Gonzalez takes the hill, and he’s 6-6 with a 3.80 ERA and has 80 strikeouts in 113.2 innings. This is Gonzalez’s first career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last seven games and have pulled within 15 games of a .500 record. The difference for the Cubs has been their pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in 10 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.74, which is 17th in the majors, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has eight hits in his last six games and Chris Coghlan is coming off a three-RBI game. Starting is Tsuyoshi Wada, who is 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA and has 33 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. This is Wada’s first career game against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 4-1 in Gonzalezs last 5 road starts and 4-1 in Gonzalezs last 5 starts overall. The Cubs are 17-38 in their last 55 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter.
The Cubs can't sweep one of the best teams in baseball, can they? I have no choice but to take the Orioles for the cheap price.