Cubs vs Angels Prediction MLB Picks Today 7/5

Cubs vs Angels Prediction MLB Picks Today 7/5

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Angels

Prepare for an intriguing matchup as the Chicago Cubs host the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field. With both teams looking to improve their standings, expect a competitive game with significant implications.

 

Game Overview:

  • Date: July 5, 2024
  • Time: 11:20 AM
  • Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
  • Line: CHC -195
  • Over/Under: 10.5

Team Breakdown:

Chicago Cubs:

The Chicago Cubs come into this game with a 40-48 record, aiming to build on their home-field advantage and climb up the NL Central standings. Despite recent struggles, the Cubs have shown resilience and are ready to compete.

Pitching Analysis:

Justin Steele will take the mound for the Cubs, boasting a 0-3 record with a solid 3.20 ERA. Steele's consistency and ability to limit damage have been key for the Cubs, and he'll look to shut down the Angels' lineup.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Christopher Morel (15 HR)
  • Batting Average: Cody Bellinger (.274 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Ian Happ (50 RBI)

With strong performances from players like Christopher Morel and Cody Bellinger, the Cubs' offense has the potential to generate the necessary run support.

 

Los Angeles Angels:

The Los Angeles Angels, with a 36-50 record, are looking to improve their standings and break out of a recent slump. Playing away, they face a tough challenge against the Cubs.

Pitching Analysis:

Griffin Canning will start for the Angels, holding a 3-8 record and a 4.71 ERA. Canning has struggled to find consistency this season, which might be exploited by the Cubs' hitters.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Taylor Ward (14 HR)
  • Batting Average: Luis Rengifo (.315 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Taylor Ward (43 RBI)

Key players like Taylor Ward and Luis Rengifo will need to step up to keep the Angels competitive in this matchup.

Game Odds:

Team ML Total Spread
CHC (40-48) -195 o10.5 (-110) -1.5 (EVEN)
LAA (36-50) +165 u10.5 (-125) +1.5 (-120)

 

Prediction:

In this anticipated matchup, we're predicting a victory for the Chicago Cubs with a -1.5 spread. Here's why:

The Angels have struggled significantly on the road, holding an 18-24 away record. This, combined with their recent form, makes it difficult for them to secure a win against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Justin Steele's strong performance on the mound, paired with the Cubs' home advantage and the Angels' inconsistent pitching, gives the Cubs a clear edge. Offensively, the Cubs' lineup is poised to take advantage of Griffin Canning's struggles this season.

Given these factors, we expect the Cubs to cover the -1.5 spread and secure a convincing win against the Angels.

Pick: Chicago Cubs -1.5

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