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Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (66-41) at Oakland Athletics (48-60)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

J Lester (11-4) (2.95) vs. Dillon Overton (1-2) (9.33)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +180 / Chicago Cubs -190 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-California

The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot when they visit the Oakland Athletics in Friday action.

The Chicago Cubs seem to be in a groove once again as they have won seven of eight and look to lock up the National League Central. The Cubs defeated visiting Miami 5-4 Wednesday to cap off a three game sweep of the Marlins. Cubbies starter John Lackey gave up three runs over seven frames for a no decision. Chicago logged nine hits and walked five times with Dexter Fowler driving in a run and scoring while seven different players drove in runs and scored. Veteran left hander Jon Lester toes the rubber at Oakland for Friday’s series opener. Lester comes off of a 12-1 win versus Seattle with four hits and two free passes allowed over six scoreless innings. 

Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Oakland Athletics made a few moves at the trade deadline and how that effects the team going forward is an unknown. The Athletics had dropped five in a row before their bats saved them in an 8-6, ten inning  victory at the Angels on Thursday. A’s starter Jesse Hahn was charged with five runs over four frames before five relievers held Los Angeles off the scoreboard. Oakland racked up eleven hits and walked twice with Ryan Healy, Max Muncy and Danny Valencia clubbing solo homers while Marcus Semien singled in a pair. Rookie Dillon Overton makes his 5th career start when the Cubs visit on Friday. Overton was a 6-3 loser at Cleveland last time out with five runs allowed on ten hits including three homers in 3.1 frames. 

The under is 7-2-2 in the Cubs last 11 interleague games and  is 13-4-2 in their last 19 on grass while going  13-4-2 in their last 19 overall. I hate the high juice and would rather just walk away personally but if the trends continue…

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