MLB Baseball Betting: Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins

MLB Baseball Betting:  Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins are catching the Chicago Cubs at a good time. The Cubs are in the midst of a four game losing streak (pending the outcome of Friday’s game) and look as vulnerable as they have all season. They could be the proverbial sleeping grizzly bear. They’re a lot easier to deal with when they’re asleep but you sure don’t want to be around when they wake up. Miami has been playing very good baseball of late winning 7 of their last 10 games and moving into a second place tie with the New York Mets. With the Washington Nationals also in a swoon (losers of 5 straight pending Friday’s result) the Marlins have a realistic chance to make a run at first place if they can keep winning.

The Cubs’ losing streak isn’t really a big deal though it could become one if they don’t get things turned around quickly. They’re 9 games up on the second place St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central which is a sizable lead but also the first time that anyone has been within single digits since early in the season. St. Louis is just ‘treading water’ so were they to get hot they could quickly slice into the Chicago lead unless the Cubs regain form.

Chicago will send John Lackey to the mound on Saturday and the veteran right hander has been very sharp this year. Lackey has a 2.78 ERA overall and the Cubs have won 9 of his 14 starts. On the road, Chicago has won 5 of Lackey’s 7 starts and he’s put up a 3.63 ERA. They’ve also won two of his last three with Lackey posting a 2.37 ERA, a 1.000 WHIP and striking out 21 to only 5 walks in 19 innings of work.

Miami will counter with Paul Clemens, a recent Triple A callup to replace struggling Justin Nicolino in the rotation. Nicolino will likely take Clemens place in the rotation as well–at Triple A New Orleans. Until his 6/20/16 start against Colorado, Clemens hadn’t pitched in the Majors since 203. He allowed 7 hits and 5 earned runs over 5 innings of work–including 3 home runs.

Huge pitching mismatch and Clemens just isn’t ready to face a potent offense like Chicago’s.