Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:05 PM (Globe Life Park in Arlington)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -143 / Texas Rangers +133 -- Over/Under: 10 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers meet Saturday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Chicago Cubs rolled in their season opener by producing 12 runs and 13 hits on 37 at bats. The Cubs already have four players with two hits and Javier Baez is one of eight players with two or more homers this early in the season. If any of this is a sign of things to come, the Cubs will be in great shape this season. The Chicago Cubs have a chance to start a season 2-0 for the first time since 2016. Albert Almora Jr. leads the Cubs with two hits and one RBI while David Bote and Jason Heyward have combined for four hits and one RBI. Yu Darvish gets the ball, and he was 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA and 49 strikeouts last season. This will be Darvish’s first career game against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers were obviously let down by their pitching staff in their season opener, as three pitchers allowed three or more earned runs and they all struggled with location. While it was just one game, the Rangers were 28th in the majors last season with an ERA of 4.92, so there is some reason for concern given that the first game looked a lot like what we saw with this club all of last year. The Texas Rangers hope to avoid an 0-2 start for the second time in the last four years. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with three hits and two RBI while Hunter Pence and Rougned Odor have combined for two hits. Edinson Volquez gets the ball, and he was 4-8 with a 4.19 ERA and 81 strikeouts back in 2017. Volquez is 8-0 with a 3.10 ERA and 64 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague road games, 19-7 in their last 26 vs. American League West and 4-1 in Darvish's last 5 road starts. The Rangers are 2-6 in their last 8 home games, 0-4 in their last 4 interleague home games and 3-14 in Volquez's last 17 starts. The Cubs are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Rangers last 7 overall. The under is 4-0 in Darvish's last 4 road starts.
Darvish should be up for this game given that it's the first time he's pitched against the team he was a four-time all-star with and led the AL in strikeouts in 2013. The Cubs should also be motivated to get the win for him as well. Volquez is coming off Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched in a major league game since July 5 of 2017. While showing flashes here and there, Volquez wasn't exactly great the last time we saw him, so I can only imagine what he'll be like fresh off a major operation. The Cubs and the fair price has to be the play here.