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Chicago Cubs vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Tuesday August 6, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago Cubs -140 / Oakland Athletics +120
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The Oakland A’s and the Chicago Cubs meet in game two of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

The Oakland A’s will look to rebound after having their three game winning streak snapped with a 6-5 loss in Monday’s series opener. Marcus Semien had a pair of home runs and three RBIs while Nick Martini had a pinch-hit two run home run to round out Oakland’s scoring as a team in the losing effort. Jurickson Profar added a double while Matt Olson and Chad Pinder each contributed base hits as well in the defeat. Chris Bassitt allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Chris Bassitt allowed four runs in less than an inning of relief to take the loss and fall to 6-4 on the year. Brett Anderson will start game two and is 9-7 with a 4.04 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 11 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to build on Monday’s series opening victory with a win here. Javier Baez had a pair of home runs and three RBIs while Nick Castellanos went 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Ian Happ added a pinch-hit homer to finish off Chicago’s scoring as a team in the win while Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 4 with a double. Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo, Tony Kemp and Kyle Hendricks each had a base hit to finish off the Cubs’ offense as a team in the victory. Hendricks allowed two runs on one hit while striking out five over 6.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Rowan Wick got the win to improve to 2-0 while David Phelps locked up his 1st save as a Cub. Jon Lester will start game two and is 9-7 with a 3.86 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lester is 6-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 83 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 interleague games. Chicago is 45-15 in Lester’s last 60 home starts and 36-15 in their last 51 home games while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games against the AL West. Oakland is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.

Anderson has pitched well on the road, and getting Oakland at plus money is tempting given their push for the playoffs that they’ve been on. However, the Cubs are a different animal at Wrigley, as the Cubbies just seem to play a completely different level of baseball when they’re at home. Lester has also been solid at home this season, going 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA. I just think this is a spot where if I got more plus money with Oakland I’d be swayed in that direction, but with the Cubs getting a reasonable line at home I have to lay the juice with Chicago here.

Pick:
Chicago Cubs -140

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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