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Take Cubs to Stay Strong Against Marlins in MLB Pro Picks

The Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs clash for the first time this season when they kick off a four-game series on Thursday. Chicago has had a strong start to the season, and after a three-series road trip, where it won two of the three, the Cubs are ready to return home, where they are 5-1.

The Marlins haven’t had the same success yet, dropping three of their last five. Though Miami hopes to turn things around, it has also struggled on the road, and MLB odds favor the Cubs in the series opener.

Take Cubs to Stay Strong Against Marlins in MLB Pro Picks
Take Cubs to Stay Strong Against Marlins in MLB Pro Picks


Marlins vs Cubs Game Information

  • Game: Marlins (4-15) vs Cubs (11-7)
  • Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Date/Time: April 18, 7:40 p.m. ET
  • Marlins vs Cubs Live Stream: MLB.tv


The Chicago Cubs will hope to maintain their strong home record when they host the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field on Thursday. MLB betting lines favor the Cubs at home, with the sportsbook setting the total at eight runs.


Marlins vs Cubs Odds and Spreads


  • The Cubs have been listed as the favorite in four games and won them all.
  • Chicago entered three games this season favored by -152 or more and won each of those games.
  • The Cubs have a run-line record of 13-5.
  • The Marlins have been victorious in four of the 12 contests they have been chosen as underdogs in this season.
  • Miami has come away with a win two times in five chances when named as an underdog of at least +128 or longer on the moneyline.
  • Over the last 10 games, the Cubs have been listed as the moneyline favorite by oddsmakers once, a game they won.


Marlins vs Cubs ML Pick: Cubs (-155)

The Cubs have gotten off to a solid 11-7 start this season, and that should continue against a Marlins team that has been having issues.

Miami is 4-15, including 2-4 on the road. A good portion of the Marlins’ issues have been on defense as they have given up 4.5 runs per game over their last four, and Chicago should be able to take advantage of that in the opener as well.

The Cubs have averaged 5.2 runs a game in their last five while they are 12th in the MLB in batting average with a .247. They should keep that up with a struggling Marlins’ starter taking the mound in AJ Puk. He is 0-3, giving up seven earned runs in 10⅔ innings.

Although Jameson Taillon will be making his first start of the season for Chicago, Miami’s offense hasn’t been as solid on the road averaging 3.83 runs, and the Cubs’ offense should be able to do enough to make them a good free MLB pick in the opener.



Marlins vs Cubs Player Prop: Michael Busch 1+ Runs and RBIs (-109)

Busch has been a steady producer for the Cubs, leading the club with 13 RBIs and a .317 batting average, and should have another good night against Miami. Busch has scored a run in six of his last seven games, and has driven in a run in six of seven.

Busch has also been productive at home, earning an RBI in five of his six games. With Puk having issues in his three starts, Busch should be counted on for another productive night.



Marlins vs Cubs Prediction

Cubs 6, Marlins 3



Questions Of The Day

What is the Cubs’ record at home this season?

Chicago owns a 5-1 record at Wrigley Field.

Who are the starting pitchers in Thursday’s Marlins-Cubs game?

A.J. Puk is slated to start for Miami while Jameson Taillon will be on the mound for Chicago.


The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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