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Chicago Cubs vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/7/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Wednesday August 7, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)
Location
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago Cubs -145 / Oakland Athletics +125
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The Oakland A’s and the Chicago Cubs meet in the rubber match of their three game interleague series in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Wednesday.

The Oakland A’s will look to win the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following an 11-4 beatdown of the Cubs on Tuesday in game two. Stephen Piscotty had a home run and four RBIs while Dustin Garneau had a homer and three RBIs. Matt Olson went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and Mark Canha had a triple and an RBI while Chad Pinder added a run on the board as well in the victory. Brett Anderson went 2 for 3 at the dish while Jurickson Profar and Marcus Semien each had base hits as well in the winning effort for the A’s. Brett Anderson got the win to improve to 10-7 on the year after allowing two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts over six innings of work. Homer Bailey will start game three and is 9-7 with a 5.20 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bailey is 8-5 with a 4.86 ERA and 102 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to bounce back and take the series after dropping game two on Tuesday. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber each had two RBIs with Bryant going 2 for 5 at the dish with a home run. Nick Castellanos and Ian Happ each had two hits with a double with Castellanos hitting a pair of two-baggers. Victor Caratini also had a double while David Bote, Havier Baez and Jason Heyward each chipped in base hits as well in the losing effort. Jon Lester took the loss, falling to 9-8 on the year after allowing 11 runs, ten earned, on ten hits while walking three and striking out six over just four innings of work. Jose Quintana will start game three and is 9-7 with a 4.40 ERA and 103 strikeouts this season. In his career, Quintana is 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 23-11 in their last 34 road games and 9-1 in their last 10 game three matchups while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 interleague road games. Chicago is 6-0 in Quintana’s last 6 starts and 36-16 in their last 52 home games while the over is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games against the AL West.

The plus money with Oakland could be worth a look again given the way the A’s swung the bats on Tuesday. However, while Bailey has been solid with the A’s, with Oakland winning three of his four starts, those three wins came at home. Bailey’s lone start in an Oakland jersey saw him allow nine runs in just two innings of work against the Astros. Houston and the Cubs are two different teams, but both have something in common, they’re both solid lineups that play well at home. Quintana has had more success at home than on the road, with six of his nine wins coming at Wrigley this season. I’d probably leave this game alone, but if forced to pick, I’d side with Chicago at home.

Pick:
Chicago Cubs -145

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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