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Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers - 7/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (54-37) at Chicago Cubs (54-35)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

C Hamels (9-2) (3.21) vs. J Lackey (7-5) (3.70)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -133 / Texas Rangers +123 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


On Sunday in MLB action from Wrigley Field, the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs will be finishing up their set.

This will be the third and final game. In Friday’s opener, the Cubs shut out Texas 6-0. On Saturday, Chicago made it two in a row with a 3-1 win.

Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers - 7/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Taking the mound for the Rangers on Sunday will be lefty Cole Hamels. In his 18 starts and 9-2 record this year, Hamels has put up a 3.21 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP in 112 innings. Hamels made news over the All-Star break when he tripped coming out of his hotel bathroom and needed eight stitches in his chin. Things seem fine now, though.

The Texas hitters are a pretty talented group overall. Ian Desmond heads the charge with 113 hits, 65 runs, 15 homers and 55 RBI. Rougned Odor has put up 93 hits with 59 hits, 16 homers and 46 RBI. Adrian Beltre holds 90 hits with 46 runs, 12 homers and 55 RBI so far. Desmond, Odor and Beltre combined to go 0-for-12 on Saturday.

Over on the Cubs’ side, we’ll be seeing John Lackey take the mound Sunday. In 18 starts and a 7-5 record, Lackey owns a 3.70 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP in 116.2 innings. In a no-decision in Pittsburgh his last time out, Lackey logged six innings with five earned and seven hits.

The Chicago lineup is one of the most talked-about in the league this year. Kris Bryant has slapped 95 hits so far, with 74 runs, 25 homers and 65 RBI. Anthony Rizzo has put up 94 hits with 55 runs, 21 homers and 65 RBI. Rizzo logged a hit and two RBI on Saturday. Ben Zobrist is sitting on 86 hits with 59 runs, 13 homers and 47 RBI.

The Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 Sunday games, and 0-4 in their last four game threes of a series. Texas is also 24-6 in Hamels’ last 30 starts, and 11-4 in Hamels’ last 15 road starts.
As for the Cubs, they’re 10-4 in their last 14 games versus a left-handed starter, and 1-4 in Lackey’s last five starts. Chicago is also 1-4 in Lackey’s last five starts on grass, and 3-9 in their last 13 overall.

Lackey has given up 10 earned in his last two starts, so I’ll take the Rangers in this one.

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