Cleveland Indians (26-22) at Chicago Cubs (29-20)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8:15 pm (Wrigley Field)
Aaron Civale (4-5) (3.80) vs. Jon Lester (2-2) (5.05)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +100 / Cleveland Indians -110 --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Cleveland Indians need a win to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Indians have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Indians have lost four straight games when scoring four or more runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 55 hits and 24 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Franmil Reyes have combined for 99 hits and 39 RBI. Aaron Civale gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 3.88 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. This will be Civale’s first career game against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Cubs have won nine straight games when scoring four or more runs. Ian Happ leads the Cubs with 46 hits and 28 RBI while Willson Contreras and Javier Baez have combined for 77 hits and 41 RBI. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 5.05 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. Lester is 8-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 105 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Indians are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series, 39-15 in their last 54 Wednesday games and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The Cubs are 15-31 in their last 46 games as an underdog and 2-7 in their last 9 games as a home underdog. The under is 9-2-1 in Cubs last 12 overall. The Indians are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.
Aaron Civale has allowed six runs and 12 hits in his last 12 innings while Jon Lester has allowed 10 runs and 17 hits in his last 14.2 innings. The Cleveland Indians have the pitching edge in this spot with Lester struggling in his last two starts, but they're also a team that's lost seven straight games. The Cubs have quietly been one of the hotter teams in the NL these last two weeks and the offense continues to mash. Hard not to side with the Cubs and the even money at home in this spot.