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Texas Rangers vs. Chicago Cubs - 3/31/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Sunday March 31, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Globe Life Park
Arlington, Texas
The Line
Texas Rangers +140 / Chicago Cubs -150 O/U; 9.5
TV Channel
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The Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers will meet up on the MLB diamond Sunday to finish their series.

The Cubs managed a big 12-4 win in the opener of this game, then on Saturday The Rangers won 8-6.

For the Sunday game, the Cubs will be bringing out lefty Cole Hamels. Last season as Hamels finished things up, the looked pretty solid over his final four games. That gave him a 2.36 ERA while he was with Chicago.

In the Saturday game, the Cubs’ Kris Bryant grabbed a couple walks and a run, and Javier Baez plated two runs. Both Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras put up three hits and a run.

Over on the Rangers’ side they’re going with Lance Lynn in the start. With the Yankees last season, Lynn put up a 3-2 record with a 4.14 ERA and 61 Ks during 54.1 innings of work.

In the Saturday game, Adstrubal Cabrera went off again with three hits and two runs. Nomar Mazara walked four times and plated a run.

The Cubs are 4-1 in their last five Friday games and 1-5 in Hamels’ last six starts. Chicago is 1-5 in Hamels’ last six starts on grass and the over is 8-3 in their last 11 in game three of a series.

Meanwhile, the Rangers are 0-4 in their last four versus a left-handed starter and 1-7 in their last eight in game three of a series. Texas is 4-10 in the last 14 games versus a left-handed starter overall.

Hamels is going to be one of the keys to the Cubs’ success—or lack thereof-this season. Can he continue the late-season success he mustered (with a couple of hiccups in there) or will he become a bullpen guy?

In any case, Texas’ in something of the same boat with Lance Lynn. He did okay in limited action with NYY last year, but he’s capable of a lot more as a low- to mid-level starter.

This will be a fun pitching battle and if both these guys come out firing I like the under. Otherwise I’m sticking with the Cubbies.

Chicago Cubs -150

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