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Rangers vs Cubs Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks April 8

Rangers Hope To Bounce Back

Cubs Try To Continue Streak

The Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs will meet in their second matchup of a three-game series on Saturday.

The Rangers ended their series against Baltimore with a win, but went back to the beginning against Chicago as their offense struggled. The Cubs, meanwhile, split a two-game series with the Reds and will try to make it a three-game win streak after opening the series against Texas with a win.

According to MLB odds, the over/under is set at seven with the MLB spread placing Chicago as a 1.5-run favorite.

Rangers Search for Offense

Although Texas had a strong day on the pitching mound, its offense was lacking in its 2-0 loss to Chicago.

The Rangers’ pitchers held the Cubs to two runs on six hits, but it wasn’t enough as the team couldn’t get its bats going.

After its offense struggled in the majority of its series against the Orioles, scoring seven runs through three games, Texas presented the same problems in the Chicago loss.

The Rangers had three hits and struck out 11 times to finish scoreless and with a .103 team batting average against the Cubs.

Josh Jung was the leader in the Rangers’ last win with a two-run home run, and they’ll need him or someone else to step up for the offense.

Cubs’ Pitchers Step Up

Chicago’s pitchers threw their second shutout to help the team pick up the game-one win over Texas.

The Cubs allowed 12 runs in their two games against Cincinnati, but their pitchers got back on track against a struggling Rangers offense.

Starter Marcus Stroman was big in the win, striking out six and allowing two hits to record six scoreless innings.

Justin Steele starts his second game Saturday in hopes of having a similar performance as his first start. Against Milwaukee, Steele pitched eight strikeouts and allowed three hits in six scoreless innings.

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This series is the first time Texas and Chicago have met in the regular season since 2019. The two competed in a three-game series at the end of March 2019, with the Rangers winning two out of the three games.

Rangers vs Cubs Game Information

  • Game: Rangers (4-3) vs Cubs (3-3)
  • Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
  • Day/Time: Saturday, April 8, 4:05 p.m. ET
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Rangers vs Cubs Picks & Prediction

Following a low-scoring first meeting, both teams will try to get more out of their batting lineups when Texas and Chicago meet for game two of their three-game series.

Though the Rangers’ offense has faltered, their pitching has done well, with their 3.50 ERA 10th in the MLB. The Cubs haven’t had nearly as much offensive trouble, as their .273 batting average is seventh in the league, while their pitching also got back on track against Texas. The Rangers’ pitchers may keep the game within reach once again, but their offensive struggles should continue and help the Cubs take the second game of the series.

The Chicago Cubs are listed at -115 in our Vegas MLB lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Cubs, you have a chance to win $87. The Texas Rangers are +105, offering a chance to win $105 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Chicago Cubs a 53.49% chance to win, with the Texas Rangers at 48.78%.

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