Miami Marlins (29-39) vs. Chicago Cubs (39-30)
June 18, 2021 8:05 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Cubs / Miami Marlins ; Over/Under: -
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The Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs meet Friday in MLB action at Wrigley Field. The Marlins need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Cubs look for a win after winning six of their last nine games.
The Miami Marlins have scored three runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Marlins have won four of their last five games when scoring four or more runs. Jesus Aguilar leads the Marlins with 62 hits and 49 RBI while Corey Dickerson and Miguel Rojas have combined for 100 hits and 30 RBI. Pablo Lopez gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 3.12 ERA and 78 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s second career game against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five straight games. The Cubs have lost five of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 67 hits and 39 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez have combined for 108 hits and 75 RBI. Zach Davies gets the ball, and he is 4-3 with a 4.01 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. Davies is 3-2 with a 5.74 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 7-20 in their last 27 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Cubs are 21-6 in their last 27 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games. The under is 4-1-1 in Marlins last 6 overall. The under is 7-3-2 in Cubs last 12 home games. The Marlins are 4-13 in the last 17 meetings in Chicago and 3-9 in the last 12 meetings.
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The Cubs will be motivated in this series after getting bounced from the Marlins in the playoffs the last time these clubs met. However, both the Marlins and Cubs have had issues scoring runs and you can make a case for either side here because of it. However, the fish have Lopez on the mound, one of the better pitchers in the NL but hasn’t been getting much run support. I’ll still side with the Marlins because of the starting pitching edge.