Marlins vs. Cubs Monday Prediction
The Chicago Cubs are in a deep funk. Losers of five straight, they'll look to rebound on Monday night when they open a new series against the last-place Marlins. After playing extra innings last night in St. Louis, fatigue could be an issue, however.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, May 7, 2018
8:05 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field
TV: MIA (FSFL); CHC (CSNC)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cubs as a -235 favorite. As of this writing, 66% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cubs to beat the Marlins on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Marlins' Garcia pitches six innings in win over Phillies
Jarlin Garcia held the Phillies to one run over six innings as the Marlins won 2-1 in 10 innings Tuesday. Pinch-hitter Yadiel Rivera delivered the game-winning hit in the 10th. Garcia was long gone by then, but he turned in another strong outing; he's given up a total of two runs over 23 innings in his four starts since joining the rotation. He shouldn't remain nearly this effective, but it's reasonable to expect him to stick as a starter all year long.
Cubs' Hendricks allows three runs in loss to Rockies
Kyle Hendricks allowed three runs over 7 2/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rockies. With a stiff wind blowing out to center, Hendricks gave up homers to the first two batters he faced in the first and then one more to Nolan Arenado in the fourth. He didn't do much else wrong, allowing just one other hit in the game. The Cubs really should have given him more support in these conditions.
MLB Betting Trends
The Marlins are just 1-7 in their last eight games against the Cubs when the game is played in Chicago.
The under is 4-1 in Hendricks' last five starts against the Marlins and is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in this series.
Call me crazy but I'm taking a flier on the Marlins. The Cubs have lost five games in a row, were swept in St. Louis, and had to play a 14-inning game last night then hop a flight back to Chicago. Granted, St. Louis to Chicago isn't a daunting trip but after multiple rain delays Sunday night at Busch Stadium, fatigue has to be an issue for this Cubs team. The Marlins are 4-1 in their last five road games and 6-2 in their last eight games overall, so it's not as if they're a hapless underdog. I'm rolling the dice on the big dog.
The Pick: Miami Marlins +215