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Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs - 4/15/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins
Date & Time Monday April 15, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Marlins Park
Miami, Florida
The Line
The Line: Chicago Cubs -125 / Miami Marlins +115 -- Over/Under: 8
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The Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins meet Monday in MLB action at Marlins Park.

The Chicago Cubs look for a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs are 4-6 this season when scoring four or more runs. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 16 hits and 12 RBI while Jason Heyward and Daniel Descalso have combined for 27 hits and 15 RBI. Yu Darvish gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

The Miami Marlins could use a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Marlins have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Miami Marlins are 2-11 this season when allowing three or more runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 14 hits and four RBI while Brian Anderson and Miguel Rojas have combined for 25 hits and nine RBI. Trevor Richards gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Richards’ first career game against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 1-7 in their last 8 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. National League East and 4-9 in their last 13 overall. The Marlins are 3-8 in their last 11 vs. National League Central, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 0-4 in Richards' last 4 starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Miami. The under is 3-1-1 in Richards' last 5 starts overall. The over is 16-5 in Cubs last 21 road games.

This has been a horrible start to the season for Darvish to say the least, as he's walked 11 batters in 12 innings while giving up 12 hits and 10 earned runs. Richards has given the Marlins six innings in all three starts and chances to win each outing, but he's gotten a combined six runs of run support in those games. That's the problem with the Marlins. Even when there's a pitching advantage and possible value backing them, you remember this offense is god awful and the likelihood of a victory isn't great. I hav to side with the Cubs and the cheap price.

Chicago Cubs -125

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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