Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers - 7/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (54-37) at Chicago Cubs (54-35)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Y Darvish (2-0) (2.87) vs. J Hammel (7-5) (3.46)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -130 / Texas Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers continue their series at Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
The Texas Rangers have been heading in the wrong direction and they have to turn things around to avoid collapsing. The second half of the season didn’t start off well in a 6-0 defeat at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. With Texas starter allowing all six runs (five earned) on six hits and a pair of BB over 5.2 frames to get the loss. The Rangers were held to five hits and a pair of walks with Adrian Beltre reaching base on a single and base on balls. The Rangers are hoping Yu Darvish is 100% healthy after his second stint on the disabled list. In three outings Darvish has gone 2-0 with a 1.15 WHIP and 2.87 ERA over 15.2 innings.
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The Chicago Cubs look to recapture their early season success and reverse their recent struggles. The Cubs had dropped eight of ten but came out of the break clicking on all cylinders and looking like the team from early in the season. Cubbies starter Kyle Hendricks was solid once again with three hits and a pair of free passes allowed through six scoreless innings to pick up the win. Chicago did their damage on seven hits and five walks with Matt Szcur singling in two while Addison Russell went 2-4 with two RBI’s and two runs. The Cubs have slated Jason Hammel for Saturday’s start versus the visiting Rangers. Hammel comes off a 4-3 defeat to the Braves with two runs allowed on three hits over five frames.
Texas are 19-7 in their last 26 Saturday games and are 2-6 in Darvish’s last 8 Saturday starts while the under is 5-2-1 in Darvish’s last 8 starts overall. The over is 12-3-2 in the Cubs last 17 on grass and is 12-3-2 in their last 17 overall while the under is 16-5 in Chicago’s last 21 home games. The problem here is Darvish has three starts and two stints on the DL so I think I’d pass to be honest…