Miami Marlins (48-57) vs. Chicago Cubs (41-62)
August 5, 2022 2:20 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Cubs -132 / Miami Marlins +122 ; Over/Under: 7.5
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The Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs meet Friday in MLB action from Wrigley Field. The Marlins played the Reds this week, winning just one of three games. As for Chicago, they just finished up against the rival Cardinals. The Cubs lost the opener, then in the Thursday doubleheader Chicago fell in game one. In the nightcap the Cubs lost again for the sweep. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Miami had a rough couple of games versus the Reds this week. The Marlins lost 3-1 Monday and 2-1 on Tuesday. Fortunately for Miami, they were able to stop the sweep and find some offense with a 3-0 victory in the Wednesday finale.
It’s looking like Edward Cabrera will take the mound for the Marlins’ starter Friday. Cabrera is 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA and hasn’t pitched since June 12.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they posted a 6-0 dud loss against the Cardinals on Tuesday. After a Wednesday rainout, on Thursday in the doubleheader Chicago lost the first game 4-3 after blowing a 3-0 edge. In game two, the Cubs were out-hit 10-2 in a rough 7-2 loss.
Justin Steele will take the mound for the Cubs on Friday. Over 19 starts this year Steele is 4-7 with a 3.86 ERA. In 91.0 innings total he has 39 earned on 88 hits and 42 walks with 87 Ks.
PICK: I’m likely going to try the Cubs here. The good news for Chicago is that Steele has done pretty well statistically over his last three starts. He’s got just four earned in that span on 15 hits and six walks over 14.2 innings. Steele is just 1-2 in that trio of outings however, so he’s going to need help from the bats. If the Cubs offense can get going early, I think they’ll be in a good spot by the time Steele exits this game.