Chicago Cubs vs Texas Rangers Prediction MLB Picks 3/28/24

Texas Rangers (0-0) vs Chicago Cubs (0-0)

Game Info: Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 7:35 pm (Globe Life Field)

Nathan Eovaldi (0-0) (0.00) vs Justin Steele (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Texas Rangers -122 / Chicago Cubs -109 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Cubs will head down to Arlington to meet the Texas Rangers on Opening Day in interleague play from Globe Life Field on ESPN. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Cubs vs Rangers Prediction.

Chicago Cubs Preview & Projected Starter 

Chicago enters their season opener on the heels of a loss to St. Louis, 7-2. The Cubs faded down the stretch of Spring Training, and after failing to win eight of their final nine games, it’s unclear how they’ll come out here versus the Rangers.

Justin Steele (0-0, 0.00) will get the call for Chicago. The fourth-year lefty put it all together last season, posting personal bests with a 16-5 record, 3.06 ERA, and 176 strikeouts. Steele will face a stiff test here with the defending World Series champs in their home opener, but he’ll likely put up a good fight.  

Chicago’s Player Props

  • Cody Bellinger has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 12 Thursday appearances.
  • Ian Happ has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Cubs' last five night games.
  • Nico Hoerner has recorded at least one Single in nine of his last 10 appearances with the Cubs as underdogs.

Texas Rangers Preview & Projected Starter

Texas comes into Opening Day on the heels of a loss to Boston, 4-1. The Rangers didn’t play all that well themselves towards the end of Spring Training, losing four of their final five games, but we should see an improved effort from them in their first night defending the crown. 

Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 0.00) will take the mound for Texas. The Houston native made himself comfortable in his first season in Arlington, posting a 12-5 record, with a 3.63 ERA and 142 strikeouts. Eovaldi had a pair of notable stretches in 2023, and if he pitches well with the bats behind him again, we should see another solid campaign from him.

Texas Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Adolis Garcia has hit a home run in three of the Rangers' last four games as home favorites.
  • Adolis Garcia has recorded at least one RBI in six of the Rangers' last seven home games.
  • Corey Seager has recorded two or more total bases in four of his last five appearances in season openers.
  • Corey Seager has scored at least one run in eight of the Rangers' last nine games.
  • Josh Jung has recorded at least one hit in each of his last six appearances against NL Central opponents.
  • Marcus Semien has recorded at least one Single in seven of the Rangers' last eight night games.
  • Corey Seager has recorded a Double in each of the Rangers' last three games against the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs Player Prop Facts

  • Cody Bellinger has hit a home run in three of his last four road appearances against the Rangers.
  • Ian Happ has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last five appearances.
  • Ian Happ has scored at least one run in each of the Cubs' last nine road games against AL opponents.
  • Yan Gomes has recorded at least one total base in each of his last seven appearances with his team as an underdog against the Rangers.
  • Seiya Suzuki has recorded at least one hit in each of the Cubs' last eight games as road underdogs against AL opponents.
  • Nico Hoerner has recorded a Single in each of the Cubs' last six games as underdogs against AL opponents.

Cubs vs Rangers Prediction:

Neither team played well during Spring Training, but if the defending champions can play off of the Globe Life Field energy on Thursday, I like swaying their way. Justin Steele will present a test for the high-powered Rangers, but the hosts are never a bad bet in their building. Back Texas on Opening Night, and give the Under a look in case the pitchers come to play in primetime.  

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