Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Monday May 6, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Miami Marlins +200 / Chicago Cubs -244 -- Over/Under:
The Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs meet Monday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Miami Marlins could use a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Marlins have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Miami Marlins have lost nine straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Brian Anderson leads the Marlins with 29 hits and eight RBI while Miguel Rojas and Starlin Castro have combined for 56 hits and 17 RBI. Sandy Alcantara gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 4.86 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Alcantara is 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot while building on their seven-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Chicago Cubs have won their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 42 hits and 26 RBI while Jason Heyward and Willson Contreras have combined for 57 hits and 38 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 3.19 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 11-15 with a 3.36 ERA and 249 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games, 8-23 in their last 31 during game 1 of a series and 0-4 in Alcantara's last 4 starts. The Cubs are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series, 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 23-11 in their last 34 vs. National League East. The Marlins are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Chicago and 0-6 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 20-8 in Cubs last 28 home games. The under is 8-3 in Alcantara's last 11 starts overall.
Alcantara has fallen off a little bit, allowing four or more runs in three of his last four starts, but it doesn't matter much when you consider he doesn't get much run support. The Miami Marlins have been unbackable for me pretty all season due to the lack of offense, and it's even more the case in this series when you consider how hot the Cubs offense has been the last couple of weeks. There's no way the fish can keep up. The Marlins are also the third worst team in baseball currently when it comes to money lost, and that's with them being heavy underdogs nightly. The pick has to be the Cubs here.