Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (45-45) at Baltimore Orioles (42-48)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 1:35 pm (Camden Yards)
J Quintana (4-8) (4.49) vs. U Jimenez (4-4) (6.67)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +130 / Chicago Cubs -140 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles meet in the finale of their three game interleague set on Sunday.
The Chicago Cubs will look to complete the sweep of the O’s after a 10-3 victory over Baltimore in game two on Saturday. Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. all hit home runs while Jason Heyward led the team by going 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs. Willson Contreras added a pair of doubles while going 3 for 5 with an RBI, which ended up being the same mark at the dish for Kris Bryant without the run. Javier Baez also went 3 for 4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs in the win. Jake Arrieta got the win to improve to 9-7 this season after giving up a pair of runs, one earned, on four hits while walking and striking out three over 6.2 innings of work. Jose Quintana will make his Cubs debut after being traded from the White Sox. Quintana is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. In his career, Quintana is 1-4 with a 4.29 ERA and 31 strikeouts against Baltimore.
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The Baltimore Orioles will look to avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Saturday. Caleb Joseph went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs, while Ruben Tejada added the other run on the board for the O’s in the loss. Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Mark Trumbo and Seth Smith each added base hits of their own in the loss for Baltimore. Wade Miley took the loss, falling to 4-8 this season after giving up seven runs on nine hits while walking and striking out four apiece. Ubaldo Jimenez will start the finale and is 4-4 with a 6.67 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. In his career, Jimenez is 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA and 26 strikeouts against the Cubs.
Chicago is 7-0 in their last 7 interleague games against a team with a losing record and 3-9 in their last 12 games against the AL East while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 interleague games. Baltimore is 28-7 in Jimenez’s last 35 home starts and 0-5 in their last 5 interleague games while the over is 8-0 in their last 8 interleague home games. Chicago is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The problem for Quintana with the White Sox was that he couldn’t get any run support to save his life most nights. That shouldn’t be a problem here with a decent Cubs’ offense against a Baltimore pitching staff that is back to their old ways, giving up runs left and right, including a combined 19 runs in the first two games of the series. I expect Quintana to get off on the right foot with his new team, leading the Cubs to victory.