Miami Marlins vs Chicago Cubs Prediction MLB Picks 4/18/24

Chicago Cubs (10-7) vs Miami Marlins (4-15)

Game Info: Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 7:40 pm (Wrigley Field)

Jameson Taillon (0-0) (0.00) vs AJ Puk (0-3) (5.91)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -152 / Miami Marlins +127 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs meet Thursday in MLB action from Wrigley Field. Here’s a Marlins vs Cubs prediction. This will be the opening matchup in a four-game series. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. We will examine:

• The Miami Marlins recent form and player performance

• The Chicago Cubs recent form and player performance

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Miami Marlins

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Chicago Cubs

• Recent betting trends in games played between the Marlins and Cubs

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the Marlins vs Cubs game

Miami Marlins Betting Preview

The Marlins are coming off an early-week series versus the San Francisco Giants. Miami split the first two games of that set, then in the Wednesday rubber match the Marlins lost 3-1 to drop the set. Bryan De La Cruz posted a solo homer for the RBI in that one. Trevor Rogers had 5.2 frames in the start with one earned on four hits.

In the starter gig for the Thursday opener versus the Cubs, the Marlins are going with AJ Puk. This year Puk is 0-3 with a 5.91 ERA in three starts. He has eight Ks in 10.2 innings.

Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

Over on the Cubs’ side, they took on the Arizona Diamondbacks in their last set. Chicago also split the first pair, then in game three the Cubs posted a 5-3 victory on nine team hits. Jordan Wicks put up 4.1 innings with two earned runs on five hits and a walk as starter.

As starting pitcher for the Cubs on Thursday it’ll be Jameson Taillon. This will be Taillon’s season debut. He’s being activated off the Injured List due to calf and back issues. In his career Taillon is 59-45 with a 4.00 ERA in 173 games (172 starts). The Cubs will face the Astros and Red Sox following this series.

Chicago Cubs Player Prop Facts

  • Cody Bellinger has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 15 home appearances against NL East opponents.
  • Cody Bellinger has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last eight appearances with his team as a home favorite against NL East opponents.
  • Jameson Taillon has recorded five or more strikeouts in each of his last five home appearances against NL opponents.
  • Cody Bellinger has recorded at least one Single in each of his last 10 home appearances against NL East opponents.
  • Cody Bellinger has recorded a Double in four of his last five home appearances against the Marlins.
  • Jameson Taillon has recorded a win in four of his last five appearances against NL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Seiya Suzuki has hit a home run in each of the Cubs' last three games as favorites.
  • Yan Gomes has recorded at least one RBI in four of his last five appearances with the Cubs as favorites against NL East opponents.
  • Cody Bellinger has scored at least one run in each of his last seven appearances against the Marlins.

Miami Marlins Player Prop Facts

  • Jazz Chisholm has hit a home run in each of the Marlins' last two games against NL Central opponents that held a winning record.
  • Josh Bell has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last five road appearances against NL Central opponents.
  • Luis Arraez has scored at least one run in each of the Marlins' last four games against NL Central opponents.
  • Luis Arraez has recorded at least one hit in each of his 11 previous appearances with the Marlins as road underdogs against NL Central opponents.
  • Luis Arraez has recorded at least one total base in each of his 11 previous appearances with the Marlins as road underdogs against NL Central opponents.
  • Bryan De La Cruz has recorded at least one Single in each of the Marlins' last seven games against NL Central opponents that held a winning record.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Chicago Cubs rank 1st in the league for triples this season (7).
  • The Chicago Cubs rank 30th in the league for steals this season (3).
  • The Miami Marlins rank 30th in the league for walks allowed this season (87).
  • The Miami Marlins rank 29th in the league for doubles this season (20).

Marlins vs Cubs Prediction

I’ll probably still lean toward the Cubs here. It’ll be interesting to see what Taillon can do in his season debut. If all goes well he’ll provide a lift for the Chicago rotation moving forward. With Kyle Hendricks struggling in the early-going, that’s certainly good news.

On Wednesday the Cubs benefitted from a few miscues by the Diamondbacks but everything worked out well regardless. Four different players had multiple hits for Chicago, so it was a pretty nice offensive effort from a handful of batters. I like the Cubs to keep it going, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see a close outcome Thursday. Should be a fun weekend series.

Andrew’s Pick Chicago Cubs -152

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