Rangers vs. Cubs Prediction
The second half of the baseball season kicks off this afternoon at Wrigley Field when the Cubs host the Rangers at 2:20PM ET. Will Chicago cover on the runline?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Cubs are -195 money line favorites over the Rangers, who have odds of +170 to pull off the upset today in Chicago. Martin Perez will take on Kyle Hendricks in the pitching matchup.
TEAM: The Rangers are 1-4 in their last five road games and dropped four of five before the All-Star Break. They're also just 1-6 in their last seven games versus a right-handed starter and are winless at 0-4 in their last four road games versus a right-handed starter as well.
TEAM: The Cubs were in a funk before they reached the break, losing five of their last six overall. They're also winless at 0-4 in their last four home games versus a team with a winning road record and have lost 14 of their last 17 games versus a team with a winning record.
OUR PICK: Take Texas. With both teams struggling, the Rangers provide some value for bettors this afternoon. They're 8-1 in Perez's last nine starts, 4-0 in his last four interleague starts, and are 4-0 in his last four starts following a team loss in their previous game. They're also 11-5 in their last 16 starts after allowing five runs or more in their previous game and 4-1 in his last five starts versus the National League Central.
FRIDAY MLB FREE PICK: TEXAS RANGERS +170