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Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs - 4/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins
Date & Time Tuesday April 16, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Marlins Park
Miami, Florida
The Line
Miami Marlins +130 / Chicago Cubs -150 O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
FSFL, NSCH
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The Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins will meet up on the MLB diamond Tuesday to continue their series.

In the Monday opener, the Cubs put up three runs in the first inning on the way to a 7-2 victory.

For Tuesday’s game, the Cubs will be sending out lefty Jose Quintana in the start. Over his 14.0 innings and 1-1 mark this year, Quintana has a 5.14 ERA with 22 Ks and seven walks.

In the Monday victory, the Cubs’ Javier Baez put up three hits, two runs and an RBI. Willson Contreras posted a solo homer for Chicago as well, along with three total RBI on the day.

Over on the Marlins’ side, they’re starting Pablo Lopez on Tuesday. Over 15.0 innings and a 1-2 record this season, Lopez has a 6.60 ERA with 17 Ks and two walks.

The Marlins managed just six hits in the loss Monday. Neil Walker led the team on a 2-for-4 effort, and Chad Wallach posted a solo homer with two runs for Miami.

The Cubs are 1-6 in their last seven in game two of a series and 4-1 in Quintana’s last five starts in game two of a series. Chicago is 2-6 in Quintana’s last eight starts with four days’ rest and 1-6 in his last seven road starts.

Meanwhile, the Marlins are 3-10 in their last 13 in game two of a series and 2-14 in their last 16 Tuesday games. Miami is 1-8 in Lopez’s last nine starts and 0-4 in his last four starts with four days’ rest.

If you throw out Quintana’s meltdown in Milwaukee (eight earned; 3.0 innings; eight hits), he hasn’t allowed a run over 11.0 innings and still has 19 strikeouts. Not too bad.

Lopez is a little more complex, as he’s been kind of “blah” all year, allowing at least three earned and five hits in each of his three starts.

I don’t think the Marlins have the juice to box Quintana into a bad start here, so I’m going Cubs all the way.

Pick:
Chicago Cubs -150

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