MLB Betting: Cubs Will Keep Dominating Against Angels In Game 2

Jason Lake

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 3:37 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2016 3:37 PM UTC

After winning their season opener in impressive fashion, the Chicago Cubs will try to beat the baseball odds again Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Well, that went pretty much according to plan. The Chicago Cubs, this year's World Series favorites at +500 on Bovada's futures market, are off to a roaring start; they beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-0 Monday night, cashing in as –137 road faves on the closing line. Jake Arrieta allowed just two hits over seven strong innings, and our fantasy recommendation for the day, reliever Justin Grimm, worked a scoreless eighth.

Who wants seconds? The Cubs and Angels go at it again Tuesday night (10:05 p.m. ET), with the visitors favored at –135 on our MLB odds boards. Jon Lester is scheduled to start for Chicago against Andrew Heaney in a battle of southpaws. Should be another beautiful night over Angel Stadium, too, with clear skies and temperatures in the low 70s at game time. Let's riggidy-roll.


None Shall Pass
Life is good for the Cubs, especially when they've got a guy like Lester (2.92 FIP last year) as their No. 2 pitcher. However, his first full season in Chicago wasn't a profitable one. Lester dropped 2.18 betting units last year on a team record of 17-15, with the UNDER racking up the air miles at 19-10-3.

Lester will get some extra help in 2016. OF Jason Heyward (.797 OPS) and 2B Ben Zobrist (.809 OPS) are batting second and third in the lineup – for now – after signing as free agents in the offseason. They should help put some more crooked numbers on the scoreboard, and their defense will add to Chicago's vaunted run prevention.


Heaney Sauce
Heaney (3.73 FIP) is coming off a fine rookie campaign with the Angels, leading them to an 11-7 record and 4.11 units in profit. But his performance tailed off during the second half of the season. Heaney's projections for 2016 range from decent to pretty good. He'd better be closer to the latter end of that range, because the Angels don't have much else going for them aside from OF Mike Trout (.991 OPS), who, granted, is the consensus best player in baseball.

We'd be remiss in our duties if we didn't point out that Los Angeles went 85-77 last year despite a run differential of minus-14. The Halos had a 35-17 record in one-run games. That's probably not sustainable. Reminds us of that other team in town, the Anaheim Ducks, and what they did last year in the NHL. Don't fall for it.


Fantasy Corner
If Lester is pitching for the Cubs, that means David Ross (.518 OPS) should be the catcher. Too bad he can't hit anymore. How about another reliever, then? Set-up man Pedro Strop (3.16 FIP) wasn't used on Monday, and he should be widely available in your league. Maybe the game will be close enough this time for Strop to earn a hold. Maybe not. Put the Cubs in our MLB picks, please, and may the sphere be with you.

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Free MLB Pick: Cubs –119
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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