Rangers vs Cubs Prediction - MLB Picks 4/9/23

Chicago Cubs (4-3) vs Texas Rangers (4-4)

Game Info: Sunday, April 9, 2023 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Jameson Taillon (0-1) (6.75) vs Jon Gray (0-1) (2.84)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -115 / Texas Rangers -105 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers will play the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of their series on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Rangers Preview

The Texas Rangers are 4-4 this season and have lost four of their last five games. Texas has lost the first two games in this series by scores of 2-0 and 10-3. The Texas pitching staff has a 3.86 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a .242 opponent batting average this season. The Rangers offense has scored 39 runs with a .239 batting average and a .308 on base percentage. Josh Jung is batting .267 with two home runs and five RBI’s for the Rangers. The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Jon Gray, who is 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP over 6.1 innings pitched this year. 

Cubs Preview

The Chicago Cubs are 4-3 this season and have won three games in a row. Prior to winning the first two games in this series, Chicago split a two game series with the Reds. The Chicago pitching staff has a 3.77 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a .229 opponent batting average. The Cubs offense has scored 40 runs with a .281 batting average and a .343 on base percentage this season. Patrick Wisdom is batting .348 with three home runs and six RBI’s for the Cubs. The projected starting pitcher for Chicago is Jameson Taillon, who is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP over 4.0 innings pitched this season. 

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Texas is 5-3 in their last 8 interleague games and 11-23 in their last 34 game three’s of a series. The under is 13-5 in Texas’ last 18 road games. Chicago is 9-2 in their last 11 home games and 20-7 in their last 27 games against the AL West. The under is 3-1-1 in Chicago’s last 5 games against the AL West. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings in Chicago.


Chicago has won the first two games in this series and they will go for the sweep in this game. Texas has had some issues scoring runs recently, scoring two or fewer runs in four of their last six games. The Rangers will start Jon Gray in this matchup, who allowed two runs over 6.1 innings against Baltimore in his first start. The Cubs will have Jameson Taillon on the mound, who allowed allowed three runs in only 4.0 innings against Milwaukee in his first start. I think Texas has the starting pitching advantage and I like them to get the win here. 

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