Chicago Cubs (2-3) vs Texas Rangers (4-2)
Game Info: Friday, April 7, 2023 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Marcus Stroman (1-0) (0.00) vs Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) (5.40)
Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -120 / Texas Rangers +100 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Texas Rangers will play the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.
The Texas Rangers are 4-2 this season and they are coming off of a series loss to Baltimore, where they lost two out of the three games. The Texas pitching staff has a 3.50 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a .221 opponent batting average this year. The Rangers offense has scored 36 runs with a .265 batting average and a .319 on base percentage. Josh Jung is batting .318 with two home runs and four RBI’s for the Rangers. The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Nathan Eovaldi, who is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP over 5.0 innings pitched this year.
The Chicago Cubs are 2-3 this season and they are coming off of a series split with the Reds, where both teams won one game. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.70 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, and a .256 opponent batting average. The Cubs offense has scored 28 runs with a .273 batting average and a .343 on base percentage this season. Patrick Wisdom is batting .375 with two home runs and five RBI’s for the Cubs. The projected starting pitcher for Chicago is Marcus Stroman, who is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP over 6.0 innings pitched this year.
Texas is 6-2 in their last 8 games and 2-5 in their last 7 game one’s of a series. The under is 12-4 in Texas’ last 16 road games. Chicago is 12-2 in their last 14 Friday games and 8-2 in their last 10 game one’s of a series. The under is 3-1-2 in Chicago’s last 6 Friday games. The under is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 head to head meetings in Chicago.
Chicago comes into this game after losing three of their last four games, but they will have Marcus Stroman on the mound for this game. Stroman pitched great in his first start of the season, but will face a tough Texas lineup here. Texas will turn to Nathan Eovaldi, who got the win in his first start, but allowed three runs in five innings. I like Chicago in this game with Stroman on the mound.