The MLB is back in action today as the Oakland Athletics will clash with the Chicago Cubs. This is game two of a three-game series. The Cubs won game one of this series by a score of 6-5.
The A’s will be Brett Anderson and the Cubs will counter with Jon Lester.
Oakland Athletics Form
The A’s have been playing well recently. Moreover, they are trying to push even harder in order to secure a wildcard in the American League. Now, the A’s came into this game off a two-game home sweep of the Cardinals. However, they could not maintain that winning momentum as they lost the first game against the Cubs in this series. Oakland is just a half a game behind the Rays for the 2nd slot and that is their only chance to get into the playoffs this season
On the offensive side of the game, they are putting up 5.05 runs per game which is enough for the 10th spot in the league in scoring. Also, they are 21st in hitting at .246 and 7th in homers with 178. On the mound, they have been solid as they are placed on the 9th in the league in ERA at 4.08. Also, they are ranking 6th in WHIP at 1.27 and 26th in K’s with 880
Chicago Cubs Form
The Cubs are in a commanding form at the moment. Moreover, this Chicago team is heading into this game on the wings of four-game winning streak including the latest win against the A’s in the first game of this series. Now, the Cubs have a 2.5 lead over the Cardinals in the division and 4.0 games lead over the Brewers.
The Cubs will need to keep winning in order to secure a playoff spot. But that will be hard as they are facing the Reds, the Pirates and the Phillies away in their next three series. And with an away record of 21-33, the Cubs have a mountain to climb in the next three series. Still, the team is showing some good performances lately and that will spur them heading into this game.
On the offensive side of the game, the Cubs score an average of 4.96 runs per game. Also, they are 15th in hitting at .253 and 10th in homers with 175. On the mound, they have been solid as they are placed on the 5th spot in the league in ERA at 3.97, while also ranking 10th in WHIP at 1.29 and 19th in K’s with 965.
The A’s are a good team and are playing well at the moment. However, the Cubs won the first game of the series and it seems that their form is going up in these crucial last weeks of the regular part of the season. Also, they have the solid Jon Lester as he has a good record against Oakland. Therefore, my pick here is Chicago.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs 08/06/2019 is: take the Chicago Cubs -141 (MoneyLine).
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