Seattle Mariners vs Chicago Cubs Predictions 07-31-16 & Odds, MLB Preview, Free Pick

The Chicago Cubs will start the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 draft. Brian Matusz is scheduled to make a spot start for the Cubs, his first in the majors since 2012. After posting a 1.93 ERA in two starts at Triple-A Iowa, Matusz hopes to follow in the footsteps of reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, another Baltimore pitcher who blossomed with the Cubs.  Matusz draws a tough assignment for his return to the majors as he faces Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, who makes his third start since a stint of nearly two months on the disabled list.

Mariners vs Cubs; Time, Date, TV, Odds

GAME: Seattle Mariners (52-50) at Chicago Cubs (62-41)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, July 31 – 8:08 PM EST
WHERE: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 8:08 p.m. ET, ESPN
MONEY LINE: Seattle +115, Chicago (-125)
RUN LINE: Seattle +1.5 (-190), Chicago (-1.5) +160
TOTAL: 8 Over (-115)
Current MLB Betting Lines from Bovada

Seattle Mariners vs Chicago Cubs Preview

Starting Pitchers:
Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.45 ERA)vs
Cubs LH Brian Matusz (0-0, 12.00)

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About Seattle Mariners

Hernandez hasn’t been his normal dominant self in two starts since returning from the disabled list, allowing nine runs and 19 hits over 12 2/3 innings. Hernandez’s only start against the Cubs came in 2010, when he allowed two runs on five hits and struck out eight in nine innings.

Seattle Mariners Betting Trends

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 6 games on the road
Seattle is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
Seattle is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Money Line vs Teams Allowing Money Line when Felix Hernandez starts; 7-5, +37 (58.3%)
Over/Under When Line is 8 or 8.5; 20-15-3 (57.1%)
Over/Under when Felix Hernandez starts; 4-7-1 (36.4%)

About Chicago Cubs

Matusz struggled out of the bullpen for Baltimore before being released, allowing at least one run in four of his seven outings. Brian’s last appearance for Baltimore was agasint the Mariners, who got four runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings on May 17.

Chicago Cubs Betting Trends

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chi Cubs’s last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs’s last 12 games at home
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games when playing Seattle
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Seattle
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle
Money Line At Home; 33-17, -92 (66%)
Money Line 23-22 vs Teams That Win 46-54% of Games
Over/Under At Home; 18-30-2 (37.5%)

MLB Umpire Betting Stats

Dan Iassogna 19 Games Home Teams 13-6, Over 9-7.
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Seattle vs Chicago MLB Pick

For all of the talk about how great the Cubs are, they have not done well against teams with good records. The 23-22 record against teams that win 46%-54% of there games shows that against the better teams they turn into an average team. Tonight, King Felix will have the spotlight and the Mariners will get a chance to show how good they are. Taking the Mariners on the money line.

Seattle vs Chicago Prediction:
Mariners 5 – Cubs 3

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