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The Chicago Cubs will be taking on the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The game gets underway 7:10 p.m. ET and WGN will be showing this interleague showdown.

Chicago Cubs at Detroit Tigers Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Detroit (+175) as the underdog to Chicago (-185). The total sits at 9 runs and bettors can take the over for -105 and the under for -115. The game’s most recent runline odds stand at -130 for betting the Cubs -1.5 runs and +110 for the Tigers +1.5 runs.

The Cubs are 71-53 SU and are 61-62 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 0.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline, despite having lost 1.6 units ATS. Chicago is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone under in six of those seven. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 52-74 SU and 65-60 ATS. The team has lost 6.5 units for moneyline bettors and 5.1 units ATS. Detroit has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.

Tigers games have a 50-69-6 over/under record in 2018. The Cubs have also been a good under bet with a total record of 54-66-3.

Jon Lester is getting the start for Chicago. The southpaw Lester is 13-5 with a 3.72 ERA and 113 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Tigers will turn to lefty Francisco Liriano (3-8, 4.72 ERA), who’s got 77 punchouts and 58 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.51. Liriano is 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.12 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 7.60 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.21, along with a K-per-9 of 8.80.

The Cubs offense has slashed .262/.342/.416 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 2.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 1.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Chicago’s offense has been powered by second baseman Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who collectively have blasted 44 home runs. Baez is slashing .290/.322/.561 with 25 home runs, 89 RBIs, 74 runs and 20 stolen bases, while Rizzo (.267/.366/.449) has produced 19 homers, 79 RBIs and 50 runs scored.

For the home team, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starters have a 4.46 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.42 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 8.0 K/9.

Detroit’s offense has produced 3.9 runs per contest, including 4.9 per game over its last 10 games and 5.0 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .268/.363/.440 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Tigers’ offense has been led by right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is slashing .288/.342/.487 with 18 home runs, 70 RBIs and 68 runs scored, while Iglesias has produced a line of .267/.311/.390 with five homers, 48 RBIs, 41 runs and 14 stolen bases.

The Cubs have gained 5.0 units and are 15-12 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 12 of those games, compared to 15 that’ve hit the under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Tigers have netted 6.0 units and are 20-12 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over’s hit in 16 of those games, compared to 15 that’ve gone under.

Chicago Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Cubs, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Chicago has logged nine extra-base hits over its last five contests. Detroit has 19 XBH over its last five.
  • Chicago fielders have committed two errors over their last five games, compared to five errors for Detroit over its last five.
  • The Cubs have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.