Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs - 4/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:10 PM (Marlins Park)
Miami Marlins +135 / Chicago Cubs -156
The Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Marlins Park on Wednesday.
The Chicago Cubs will look to complete the road sweep after taking the first two games of the series following a 4-0 win over the Fish on Tuesday night. Javier Baez went 3 for 4 with a solo home run while Daniel Descalso and David Bote each went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Ben Zobrist chipped in a run as well to cap off Chicago’s scoring in the win while Jason Heyward went 2 for 4 at the dish in the victory. Jose Quintana got the win after tossing seven scoreless frames, allowing just six hits while striking out seven. Cole Hamels will start game three and is 2-0 with a 3.79 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hamels is 10-15 with a 3.45 ERA and 241 strikeouts against Miami.
The Miami Marlins will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after being shut out in game two on Tuesday. Austin Dean’s double was the lone extra base hit for the Fish in the losing effort while Miguel Rojas, Brian Anderson, Starlin Castro, Jorge Alfaro, Isaac Galloway and Rosell Herrera each had a base knock as well in the defeat. Pablo Lopez took the loss, falling to 1-3 on the year after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six over five inning of work. Sandy Alcantara will start game three and is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Alcantara’s first career start against the Cubs.
Chicago is 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 4-1 in Hamels’ last 5 starts against a team with a losing record while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games against the NL East. Miami is 2-5 in Alcantara’s last 7 starts and 1-7 in their last 8 home games while the under is 10-2-2 in their last 14 games against the NL Central. Chicago is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Miami and the plus money could hold some value if the Marlins actually had an offense that could produce runs. The Marlins have lost 7 of their last 8 games, and all 7 of those losses have seen Miami score 2 runs or less. Alcantara had a solid first couple of starts, but got touched up for six runs in his last start. Chicago’s offense is starting to heat up and Hamels is starting to settle down, so I’ll lay the juice with Chicago here as backing Miami isn’t an option given their struggles offensively.