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Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins - 5/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Wednesday May 8, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago Cubs -235 / Miami Marlins +214
TV Channel
FS-Florida, WGN
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The Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs meet in game three of their four game set from Wrigley Field in MLB action on Wednesday night.

The Miami Marlins will look to rebound after dropping game two on Tuesday by a final score of 5-2. Martin Prado went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Jorge Alfaro had an RBI as well in the loss. Curtis Granderson had a double while Brian Anderson, Starlin Castro, Miguel Rojas, Jon Berti and Neil Walker each had base hits as well in the defeat. Caleb Smith allowed just two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out 11 over 6.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Adam Conley took the loss, falling to 1-4 on the year in the 9th. Jose Urena will start game three and is 1-5 with a 5.45 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. In his career, Urena is 2-2 with a 4.78 ERA and 20 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to build on their game two win from Tuesday night. Kris Bryant led the Cubs with a walk-off three run home run and a triple while Albert Almora Jr. had a solo home run and Javier Baez went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Willson Contreras added a base knock of his own to round out Chicago’s offense as a team in the win as the Cubs had seven hits in the victory. Jon Lester allowed a pair of unearned runs on eight hits while striking out six over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Steve Cishek got the win to improve to 1-1 this season. Kyle Hendricks will start game three and is 2-4 with a 3.93 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hendricks is 3-1 with a 1.52 ERA and 31 strikeouts against Miami.

Miami is 1-6 in Urena’s last 7 starts and 14-41 in their last 55 road games while the over is 6-1 in Urena’s last 7 road starts. Chicago is 7-2 in Hendricks’ last 9 starts and 16-5 in their last 21 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Miami is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 2-10 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.

The Cubs took a hard loss in game one but came back in game two and while it was tight throughout, the Cubs ultimately found a way to break it open late. Urena has held his own against the Cubs in his career, but this season he’s had his issues as the Fish have lost six of his seven starts and he’s allowed four or more runs in four of those starts. Hendricks has been solid at home lately, throwing back-to-back shutouts spanning 16 innings of work, including a complete game shutout in his last start. Given Miami’s offensive struggles for the year so far, I think Hendricks can add to those numbers here, so I’ll side with the Cubs and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll back Chicago on the RL here.

Pick:
Chicago Cubs -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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