The Miami Marlins (48-57) travel to Wrigley Field and match up against the Chicago Cubs (41-63) on Friday afternoon as they begin a three-game series. Each team is in a slump and hopes to pick up a win to get things back on track. The Marlins sit in fourth place in the NL East, while, the Cubs are in last place in the NL Central. Justin Steele (4-7, 3.86 ERA) is on the hill for Chicago, while Miami will start Edward Cabrera (2-1, 3.45 ERA).
First pitch is set for 2:20 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Chicago as the -140 favorite (risk $140 to win $100), while Miami is the +118 underdog. The over-under for total runs is set at 7.5. Before making any Cubs vs. Marlins picks, you need to the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s advanced computer simulation model.
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- Marlins vs. Cubs money line: Chicago -140, Miami +118
- Marlins vs. Cubs run line: Chicago -1.5 (+152)
- Marlins vs. Cubs over-under: 7.5 runs
- MIA: Marlins are 11-5 in their last 16 road games
- CHC: Cubs are 4-0 in their last four vs. National League East
- Marlins vs. Cubs picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why you should back the Cubs
Catcher Willson Contreras has been a good hitter with a solid awareness of the plate. Contreras owns sound bat speed with home-run and gap-producing power. The three-time All-Star is batting .253 with 15 home runs and 39 RBIs. He’s reliable behind the plate due to his sharp instincts and a strong arm.
Left fielder Ian Happ is a consistent cog for this team, suiting up for 101 of the 104 games played. Happ has displayed his pure hitting skills throughout the campaign. The 27-year-old possesses excellent hands and bat control. Happ’s batting average is .273 along with 46 RBIs. He’s also a reliable defender with sound range.
Why you should back the Marlins
Designated hitter Jesus Aguilar is one of the biggest offensive threats for Miami. Aguilar has showcased his skills to constantly create offense and drive in runs. The 32-year-old owns sound pitch recognition ability and power potential. Aguilar is tied for second on the team in home runs (13) and second in runs driven in (44). On Aug. 3, he belted a solo bomb.
How to make Marlins vs. Cubs picks
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