Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins - 8/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (57-48) at Chicago Cubs (63-41)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
J Fernandez (12-5) (2.79) vs. J Hammel (10-5) (3.23)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -108 / Miami Marlins -102 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Marlins look to rebound on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field as they send Jose Fernandez to the bump to face off against the Chicago Cubs.
The Fish took one on the chin yesterday in their series opener and will turn to their big guns to get them back into it on Tuesday as Fernandez will match up against Jason Hammel who will look to keep his strong season going and keep the Cubs rolling. Miami is in the mix for a wild card spot and will be a tough team to face off against in a playoff series as they have some top end pitching led by Fernandez, and some solid hitter in the form of Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and the recently reinstated Dee Gordon. Miami did make a move to acquire Andrew Cashner as well to beef up their rotation and do match up pretty well bat for bat with the Cubs and the odds makers greatly favour Fernandez as the line is close to a pick em right now.
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The Cubs meanwhile are 63-41 this season and are among a handful of teams considered a favourite to win the World Series as they can beat you a number of different ways and have a lethal starting rotation. Chicago continues to get productive outings from their middle rotation spots including Hammel who is 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA and now with a formidable bullpen led by Aroldis Chapman they are going to be very tough to beat if they have a lead heading into the sixth inning or later. The Cubs are getting a very nice price here as Fernandez gets the benefit of the doubt, and rightfully so as he carries a 12-5 record and a 2.79 ERA into tonight’s game and is in the running for the NL Cy Young award.
The Marlins are 8-1 in Fernandez’ last nine Tuesday starts, 40-17 in his last 57 overall, and 4-1 in their last five road games while the Cubs are 4-1 in their last five overall, 2-8 in their last 10 against the NL East, and 7-2 in Hammel’s last nine home starts. This is a very tough game to call as the Marlins are getting a bit too much credit here against a very good Cubs side but Fernandez should be able to do enough with the lights being brightest and I like the Fish to get the win.