Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

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The Chicago Cubs are set to do battle against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. This NL matchup will get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to NBC Sports Chicago.

Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Odds

The Cubs are 17-15 SU and 13-18 ATS. They’ve lost 6.2 units for moneyline bettors and 4.9 units against the spread (ATS). The Marlins are 13-21 SU and have gone 17-16 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 1.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline in this young season, but have lost 1.7 units ATS.

Cubs games have a 13-18 over/under record so far in 2018. The Marlins have an over/under record of 15-18.

Jose Urena will get the nod for the Marlins. The right-handed Urena is 0-5 with a 4.28 ERA and 32 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with two strikeouts and an 11.25 ERA against Chicago this year (two starts).

The Cubs will turn to righty Jen-Ho Tseng (0-0, ERA) to the mound. Tseng has zero strikeouts and zero walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP. Tseng has yet to face the Marlins this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

As a unit, Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starters have an ERA of 3.88, a WHIP of 1.37 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.1. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.72, a WHIP of 1.24 and a K/9 of 8.9.

Chicago’s offense is putting up 5.0 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .253/.299/.444 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

The Cubs offense has been led by Javier Baez, who is hitting .285/.328/.650 with 10 home runs, 32 RBIs and 24 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Miami’s pitchers have allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starters own a 4.50 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 7.95 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.15, along with a WHIP of 1.35 and a K-per-9 of 10.11.

The Marlins offense has slashed .225/.297/.327 on its way to 3.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.4 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Miami’s hitters have been led by J.T. Realmuto. Realmuto is slashing .328/.403/.547 with 21 hits, eight RBIs and 12 runs scored. He performed well against righties on the road in 2017. Across 247 such plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .343/.377/.584 (compared to his total season line of .278/.332/.451).

The Cubs are looking for another win following a 14-2 victory in the prior game of the series.

Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in five of Miami’s last seven games.
  • The Marlins have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit 11 over their last 10.
  • Miami has averaged 18 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 outings and 17 over its last five.