Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs vs. Oakland Athletics

Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs vs. Oakland Athletics

The Oakland A’s continue their tour against NL Central foes as they open a three-game series on the road with the Chicago Cubs Monday night. Oakland finished up a two-game interleague set at home with St. Louis Sunday afternoon: they won 8-3 in the opening game Saturday night after a rare Friday off-day. Chicago closed out a three-game set with the Brewers at home Sunday, sweeping the series with a 7-2 triumph.

Oakland won for the fourth time in six games as they won the opening game of their set with the Cardinals Saturday night. The A’s entered their game Sunday sitting second in the AL West, 8.5 games behind the Astros: they were one game behind the Rays for the second wild card spot. Oakland got two hits each from Marcus Semien (two runs, two RBI), Mark Canha (two RBI) and Stephen Piscotty in the victory. Mike Fiers (10-3) earned his eighth straight victory on the mound: he threw 5.2 innings, allowing one run on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

Chicago won their third straight as they dealt the Brewers a sweep at home to wash away losing two of three to Milwaukee last weekend on the road. The Cubs entered Sunday with a half-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central race. Chicago got four hits from Anthony Rizzo while Jason Heyward (his 17th) homered to lead off the game: Kyle Schwarber launched his 25thhomer of the year as well. Yu Darvish (4-5) continued his strong second-half run as he earned the win: he allowed one run on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts over five innings. Tyler Chatwood threw three innings, allowing a run on three hits with no walks and five strikeouts, to earn his second save of the year.


My free pick goes to Chicago -149

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