By Hector Duran
The Cubs were finally able to end their scoreless streak and they were able to beat the Mariners by a score of 5-1. Kyle Hendricks looked great yet again and the offense was eventually able to score 5 runs in the 7th inning. The offense had plenty of chances to score earlier in the game and they ended up leaving 9 guys on base. For Hendricks, aside from the back to back doubles that plated a run for the Mariners, he was able to get a lot of weak contact and he looked sharp. Tonight, the Cubs will look to go for the “sweep” of the Mariners, and it features a pitching matchup with 2 border hall of fame pitchers.
Line: Mariners (+210); Cubs (-230)
O/U: 9.5; Over (-120); Under (EVEN)
First Pitch: 7:05pm; Wrigley Field; Chicago, IL
King Felix will take the ball for the M’s tonight and he comes in with a 1-4 record and a 6.02 ERA. He was activated off the 60-day IL at the end of August and he is making just his 3rd start back. It sucks to see him not performing to how he once was but that just comes with age. The Mariners have an elimination number of 2 so all they can do at this point in the season is play spoiler for contenders. After a hot start in April, they have been an average ballclub. Their bats had weak contact on just about all their at-bats yesterday and I expect the same from them for tonight.
The Cubs wrap up their interleague season and they turn to Jon Lester to get the job done. Lester has a 11-9 record with a 4.36 ERA. In his last start, he went 6 innings of 1 run ball against the Mets. The offense was finally able to break out of their slump and get a much-needed win against a struggling Mariners team. With expanded rosters, I would be shocked to see Javy Baez play today. A day off today coupled with the off-day tomorrow should have him ready to go for a big series at Miller Park this weekend.
Analysis and Prediction
The weather does not look too good and the win should be blowing in. With that being said, I will be rolling with the under of 9.5 for even money. Given the unpredictability of both Lester, and King Felix, there’s no telling what kind of outing we will get from either of those guys so that is why I am staying away from the line on this one.