Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago Cubs - 4/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (1-0) at Los Angeles Angels (0-1)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
J Lester (0-0) (0.00) vs. A Heaney (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +115 / Chicago Cubs -125 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-W, CSN+
Coming up on Tuesday evening, we’ve got a nice-looking matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels out at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
This will be game two of this opening interleague series. In the first game, the Cubs posted a dominant victory, racking up 11 hits in a 9-0 ballgame. Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant led the way here, accounting for three runs and a pair of RBI together. Cubs ace Jake Arrieta picked up the win on the mound, going seven innings and allowing only two hits.
In Tuesday’s game, the Cubs will be taking Jon Lester for a spin, and the early spring returns there were strong. Lester had an up-and-down 2015, posting a 11-12 record with a 3.34 ERA and 207 strikeouts, but got better as the season wore on. Chicago will want Lester to kick off his “slow starter” tag here.
Providing run support for Lester is a very youthful and promising Cubs lineup that has a lot of expectations this season--something that’s not very common in Chicago. Anthony Rizzo (31 HR; 101 RBI in 2015), Kyle Schwarber (16 HR; 43 RBI in 2015) and Kris Bryant (26 HR; 99 RBI in 2015) will provide the Cubs with the big bats, sparking a lineup that should rack up plenty of hits.
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Over in the Angels’ dugout, they’ll be giving the start to left-hander Andrew Heaney, who logged a 6-4 record with a 3.49 ERA in 2015. Heaney should very easily flirt with double-digit wins this season.
Backing up Heaney at the plate, we’ve got the usual crew of familiar Angels faces. There’s Albert Pujols, of course, who managed to defy Father Time once again in 2015 and slap 40 homers with 95 RBI. Mike Trout hit 41 homers with 90 RBI last season, and the Angels will definitely be hoping for a repeat performance of that. Kole Calhoun is a bit of a wild card but could hit 30 homers with 80-90 RBI if everything goes well.
There are a few interesting trends to take note of here. The Cubs are 5-0 in their last five road games against a left-handed starting pitcher, and 6-2 in their last eight. That said, Chicago is also 2-8 in their last 10 interleague games versus a left-handed starting pitcher. The Cubs are also just 1-4 in Jon Lester’s last five starts.
The Angels aren’t faring much better here, as they’re 1-6 in their last seven interleague games against a left-handed starter.
I’m jumping aboard the Cubs’ hype train for this one, as I think Lester should be able to keep his spring momentum going. If all goes well it should be a close, but reasonably low-scoring, Chicago victory.