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Houston Astros vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (90-50) at Houston Astros (74-67)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Minute Maid Park)

J Arrieta (16-6) (2.84) vs. M Fiers (10-6) (4.35)

The Line: Houston Astros +145 / Chicago Cubs -170 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


Coming up on Sunday, the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros will be wrapping up their MLB series from Minute Maid Park. 

The Cubs took game one on Friday 2-0. On Saturday, the Astros evened up with a 2-1 win of their own. 

Houston Astros vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Sunday’s game, the Cubs will be turning to RHP Jake Arrieta. In his 27 starts and 16-6 record this year, Arrieta has logged a 2.84 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 174 innings. Taking a loss against the Giants his last time out, Arrieta put up six innings with four hits and three earned. 

The Cubs aren’t hurting for offense. Kris Bryant holds 159 hits with 113 runs, 37 homers and 93 RBI. Anthony Rizzo has been playing well on 150 hits with 85 runs, 29 homers and 97 RBI. Ben Zobrist holds 126 hits with 82 runs and 66 RBI. 

Over on the Houston side, we’ll be seeing RHP Mike Fiers in the starting role Sunday. Over 27 games (26 starts), Fiers holds a 10-6 record with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 149 innings. Fiers got a win his last time out with five innings, seven hits and two earned against Cleveland. 

Houston also has a great offense. Jose Altuve leads the way on 190 hits with 97 runs, 22 homers and 92 RBI. George Springer sits on 145 hits with 107 runs, 26 homers and 75 RBI. Carlos Correa has hit 140 times with 68 runs and 90 RBI. 

The Cubs are 25-5 in Arrieta’s last 30 road starts, and 8-2 in Arrieta’s last 10 Sunday starts. Chicago is also 40-13 in Arrieta’s last 53 starts overall, and 10-3 in Arrieta’s last 13 road starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, the Astros are 4-0 in Fiers’ last four starts, and 8-1 in Fiers’ last nine starts during game three of a series. Houston is also 7-1 in Fiers’ last eight home starts, and 5-1 in Fiers’ last six Sunday starts. 

The pitching matchup here is solid, but I think Arrieta and the Cubs have the edge. I’ll take Chicago in this one.

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