Cubs vs Athletics Prediction - MLB Picks 4/19/23

Oakland Athletics (3-14) vs Chicago Cubs (9-6)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 3:37 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

None None (0-0) (0.00) vs Justin Steele (2-0) (1.42)

Betting Odds: Oakland Athletics +125 / Chicago Cubs -161 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oakland Athletics will host the Chicago Cubs for their series finale from the Oakland Coliseum. Chicago shut Oakland out last night, 4-0.

Cubs Betting Preview

Chicago comes in at 10-6 after defeating Oakland. The Cubs trip to California has treated them well, and they’ll look to complete the sweep here. The Chicago offense is scoring 5.75 runs per game, while batting .280, with a .340 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.00 ERA, with a 1.29 WHIP. Dansby Swanson had two hits in the game one win over Oakland, and he leads the Cubs in batting average (.344). Patrick Wisdom has homered in four of the last five games, and he’s first on the team in HR (8) and RBI (13). 

Justin Steele (2-0, 1.42, 19 Ks) will get the call for Chicago. The third-year pitcher has come out in shut out form, going six innings in both starts against Texas and Milwaukee, before striking out eight in seven innings of work.

Athletics Betting Preview

Oakland dropped to 2-8 following the loss to Baltimore. The Athletics continue to struggle at a high rate, and it’s unclear when the tide will turn for them.. The Oakland offense is scoring 2.81 runs per game, while batting .198, with a .270 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 7.36 ERA, with a 1.65 WHIP. Brent Rooker (.324) has been one of the positives for the A’s this season, but after leaving Tuesday’s game early, he may miss the series finale.

James Kaprielian (0-2, 12.15 ERA, 15 Ks) will get the start for Oakland. The third-year pitcher has been vulnerable early on this season, allowing five runs or more in each of his first three starts. Kaprielian walked seven, and gave up six runs in only 3 ⅔ innings pitched.

Chicago vs Oakland Trends

Chicago is 10-6 against the spread this season, with a 11-5 over/under record. Oakland is 5-11 ATS this year, with a 9-6-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Chicago holds too many upper hands here not to trust. Justin Steele looks like a first-time All-Star early, and it’s unlikely he slows downs versus one of the lineups in baseball. Oakland’s form makes them a target so trust the Cubs to end their west coast trip on a good note with a win here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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