Bet Cubs -120 over Yankees for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:46 PM GMT

Wednesday, May. 21, 2014 12:46 PM GMT

The Chicago Cubs have struggled to score runs with Jeff Samardzija on the mound, but they’ll likely breakthrough against the New York Yankees Wednesday afternoon. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at Wrigley Field.

Injuries are Taking a Toll
New York has dropped six of its last 10 games, including a 6-1 defeat to Chicago as -162 road favorites Tuesday, while the UNDER cashed six times in that span.

The Yankees have been hampered by injuries throughout the first two months of the season, with outfielder Carlos Beltran being the latest casualty—landing on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 6-13 in its last 19 road games versus right-handed starters dating back to the 2013 campaign.

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Streaking
Chicago has put together just its second three-game win streak of 2014, which isn’t much of a surprise due to the bullpen having just 11 save opportunities through 43 contests.

The Cubs have definitely performed at a higher level offensively since moving shortstop Starlin Castro to the cleanup spot of the lineup, as he’s hitting .326 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 22 games in that situation.

It’s important to point out that this franchise is a dismal 8-20 in its last 28 games as a favorite.

 

Whitley
Yankees starting pitcher Chase Whitley (0-0, 0.00) will be making his second appearance at the MLB level—tossing 4.2 shutout innings in a 1-0 road victory over the New York Mets last Thursday.

The right-hander compiled a 4-1 record and 1.38 ERA in 13 starts at the Triple-A level in his career, including a 3-2 mark and 2.39 ERA this season.

 

Samardzija
Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 1.62 ERA) has watched the club fall in defeat in eight of his nine trips to the mound in 2014, including a 4-3 setback at home to the Milwaukee Brewers last time out.

The right-hander is 0-3 with a 1.78 ERA in five home starts, with opposing hitters batting just .215 against him.

Samardzija is receiving 2.21 runs of support per game this year—one of the lowest marks in the majors.  

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cubs as one of their MLB picks, as the Yankees are 1-5 in their last six interleague games as an underdog.

Chicago will take advantage of Whitley’s inexperience at this level, which should lead to its highest run production of the season with its ace on the hill.

MLB Pick:  Chicago Cubs -120

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