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Cubs and Marlins Square off Friday in Miami

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Young Marlins Showing Promise

The Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins will both be looking for consistency on Friday when they meet at Marlins Park. The defending World Series Champion Cubs have played erratic all season. The Marlins, who started slow, are benefiting from Don Mattingly’s leadership and patience with his young players.

The Cubs will trot John Lackey out to the mound in this one. Right hander Lackey has a 5-7 record and a 4.98 ERA this season. Lackey is 38 this season and doesn’t have the heat he once had. He has to depend on location and hitting spots to get the job done. The Cubs are hoping the warm weather will be beneficial to Lackey the rest of the season as they push to the playoffs.

Jose Urena will be toeing the rubber for the Marlins in this contest. Right hander Urena is 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA so far this season. The 25-year-old went 5-14 combined in his first two years in the majors, sporting ERAs of 5.25 and 6.13. This year has been different. He has won his past four decisions. The Marlins have prevailed in five of his past six games. He hasn’t lost a decision since May 17.

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Oddsmakers opened the Cubs as -133-moneyline favorites versus the Marlins, while the game’s total opened at 9. The Cubs are not down to -112-moneyline favorites. The total is still at 9.

Chicago was a 11-1 winner in Game 1 of this four game series last night. Bettors on Chicago at -142 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (12) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Recent Form

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Chi Cubs 37-35 -$1,065.00 11-6 26-29 35-30 2-5 36-33-3 0.36
Miami 32-39 -$687.00 6-7 26-32 18-18 14-21 40-26-5 -0.28
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
J Lackey (5-7) ERA: 4.98
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Jun 18, 2017 PIT W 7-1 U 6 $100.00
Jun 12, 2017 NYM L 1-6 U 5 -$100.00
Jun 7, 2017 MIA L 5-6 O 6 -$100.00
J Urena (5-2) ERA: 3.64
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Jun 18, 2017 ATL L 4-5 U 6 -$100.00
Jun 13, 2017 OAK W 8-1 P 6 $83.00
Jun 7, 2017 CHC W 6-5 O 5 $179.00

Bullpen

Chi Cubs’s relievers have pitched 10 innings in the last 3 games.
Miami’s relievers have pitched 12.1 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent
Chicago Cubs – J Lackey
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Jun 7, 2017 6-5 MIA 6 7 5 5 0 6 Loss
Aug 3, 2016 5-4 CHC 7 7 3 3 0 8 No Decision
Jun 25, 2016 9-6 MIA 4.1 7 7 7 3 5 Loss
Aug 15, 2015 6-2 STL 8.1 9 2 2 1 6 Win
Jun 18, 2005 2-1 LAA 6.67 6 1 1 3 7 No Decision

Miami Marlins – J Urena

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Jun 7, 2017 6-5 MIA 5 3 3 3 3 5 Win
Jun 1, 2015 5-1 CHC 6 4 3 3 3 4 Loss
Head To Head Detail
Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Jun 22, 2017 CHC 11 MIA 1 132 9 O Jake Arrieta (R) Jeff Locke (L) 16 7 4 0 10 4
Jun 7, 2017 MIA 6 CHC 5 -191 9 O Jose Urena (R) John Lackey (R) 9 8 1 5 11 9
Jun 6, 2017 MIA 2 CHC 10 -197 7.5 O Jeff Locke (L) Jake Arrieta (R) 3 11 4 6 9 7
Jun 5, 2017 MIA 1 CHC 3 -119 8 U Dan Straily (R) Eddie Butler (R) 6 6 1 0 7 5
Aug 3, 2016 MIA 4 CHC 5 -218 8.5 O Tom Koehler (R) John Lackey (R) 11 9 1 5 11 11
Aug 2, 2016 MIA 2 CHC 3 109 7 U Jose Fernandez (R) Jason Hammel (R) 9 9 2 3 7 10
Aug 1, 2016 MIA 0 CHC 5 -172 7.5 U Adam Conley (L) Kyle Hendricks (R) 7 10 3 7 5 7
Jun 26, 2016 CHC 1 MIA 6 -151 6.5 O Jason Hammel (R) Jose Fernandez (R) 5 9 3 3 15 5
Jun 25, 2016 CHC 6 MIA 9 174 8.5 O John Lackey (R) Paul Clemens (R) 8 10 8 3 8 7
Jun 24, 2016 CHC 5 MIA 4 124 8 O Kyle Hendricks (R) Tom Koehler (R) 8 2 4 5 11 8

MLB Betting Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference
Chicago Cubs
record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 37-35 22-16 15-19 35-28 2-7 36-33-3 11-6 26-29
Last 10 6-4 2-1 4-3 5-3 1-1 4-6 2-0 4-4
vs Div 20-12 9-5 11-7 18-11 2-1 20-11-1 4-0 16-12
vs AL 1-5 0-3 1-2 1-3 0-2 3-2-1 0-3 1-2
vs NL 36-30 22-13 14-17 34-25 2-5 33-31-2 11-3 25-27

Miami Marlins

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 32-39 18-18 14-21 18-12 15-26 40-26-5 6-7 26-32
Last 10 5-5 4-2 1-3 3-0 2-5 5-4-1 1-2 4-3
vs Div 15-14 10-5 5-9 8-4 8-10 15-12-2 3-3 12-11
vs AL 7-10 4-6 3-4 4-3 3-7 8-8-1 1-2 6-8
vs NL 25-29 14-12 11-17 14-9 12-19 32-18-4 5-5 20-24
Team Last 5 Games
Chicago Cubs
Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Jun 22, 2017 MIA 11-1 W -142 9 J Arrieta 7 J Locke A
Jun 21, 2017 SD 2-3 L -194 9.5 E Butler 4 Miguel Diaz H
Jun 20, 2017 SD 4-0 W -188 9 Mike Montgomery 6 J Chacin H
Jun 19, 2017 SD 3-2 W -205 8.5 J Lester 6 C Richard H
Jun 18, 2017 PIT 7-1 W 100 9 J Lackey 6 Jameson Taillon A

Miami Marlins

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Jun 22, 2017 CHC 1-11 L 132 9 J Locke 4 J Arrieta H
Jun 21, 2017 WSH 2-1 W 130 7.5 D Straily 6 M Scherzer H
Jun 20, 2017 WSH 3-12 L 115 9 E Volquez 4.2 G Gonzalez H
Jun 19, 2017 WSH 8-7 W -107 9.5 Justin Nicolino 3 T Roark H
Jun 18, 2017 ATL 4-5 L -104 9.5 J Urena 6 M Foltynewicz A

Weather in
MiamiUnited States

Weather Is Mostly Sunny  87°F

Mostly Sunny
Humidity is 69%
Wind is East-southeast 14 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
Pressure is N/A inHg

Forecast for Miami

Next up:
Chicago at Miami Saturday, June 24

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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