MLB Total Picks Tonight: Cubs vs Angels 7/6

MLB Total Picks Tonight: Cubs vs Angels 7/6

 

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MLB Total Picks Tonight: Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Angels 7/6

Game Summary

The Chicago Cubs host the Los Angeles Angels on July 6, 2024, in what promises to be an exciting matchup. The Cubs, currently sitting with a 40-48 record, are looking to gain momentum, while the Angels, with a 36-50 record, strive to turn their season around. Key pitching performances and offensive strategies will be crucial as both teams aim to come out on top. Bettors should carefully analyze both teams' recent performances and overall statistics when considering the totals for this matchup.

Odds and Betting Lines

Betting Market Odds
Over 8.5 Runs -105
Under 8.5 Runs -115

Pitching Probables

Pitcher Team W-L ERA WHIP IP H K BB HR
Tyler Anderson Los Angeles Angels 7-8 3.03 1.24 104.0 82 67 47 12
Kyle Hendricks Chicago Cubs 1-6 7.48 1.53 61.1 76 46 18 13

Team Previews

Chicago Cubs

Hitting

The Cubs have struggled offensively, holding a team batting average of .229 with 85 home runs. Key hitters like Cody Bellinger and Dansby Swanson have shown flashes of brilliance, but consistency remains an issue. Improving their on-base percentage will be crucial in this matchup against the Angels.

Starting Pitching

Kyle Hendricks has had a challenging season with a 1-6 record and a high 7.48 ERA. Hendricks will need to find his rhythm and command to give the Cubs a fighting chance against the Angels.

Relief Pitching

The Cubs' bullpen has been reliable, with a team ERA of 3.98. With strong performances from relievers like Adbert Alzolay and Julian Merryweather, the Cubs can count on their bullpen to hold leads and close out games effectively.

Fielding

Defensively, the Cubs are solid, with key players like Nico Hoerner and Christopher Morel making significant contributions. Maintaining tight defensive play will be essential to limiting the Angels' scoring opportunities.

Los Angeles Angels

Hitting

The Angels have relied on key hitters like Taylor Ward and Zach Neto to generate offense. With a team batting average of .237 and 93 home runs, the Angels have the potential to put up runs quickly. However, improving their slugging percentage will be critical in facing the Cubs' pitching.

Starting Pitching

Tyler Anderson has been a steady presence for the Angels with a 7-8 record and a solid 3.03 ERA. Anderson's ability to control the game and limit the Cubs' scoring opportunities will be central to the Angels' game plan.

Relief Pitching

The Angels' bullpen, featuring closer Carlos Estevez, holds a team ERA of 4.62. Consistency in relief pitching will be vital for the Angels to maintain leads and close out games effectively.

Fielding

The Angels' defense has been average, with room for improvement in committing fewer errors. Tightening their fielding performance will be crucial in this matchup.

Injuries

Chicago Cubs Injuries

Player Position Injury Estimated Return
Mark Leiter Jr. RP 15-Day IL July 9
Keegan Thompson RP 15-Day IL July 12
Javier Assad SP 15-Day IL July 13
Caleb Kilian SP 60-Day IL July 19
Julian Merryweather RP 60-Day IL July 19

Los Angeles Angels Injuries

Player Position Injury Estimated Return
Alberto Rios LF 60-Day IL July 6
Anthony Rendon 3B 60-Day IL July 8
Jason Martin OF 7-Day IL July 8
Jose Cisnero RP 60-Day IL July 8
Luis Rengifo 3B 10-Day IL July 19

Recent Games

Chicago Cubs

Opponent Score W/L
@ Oakland Athletics 5-0 L
@ Oakland Athletics 5-0 L
@ Oakland Athletics 7-5 L
vs Detroit Tigers 7-6 L
vs Detroit Tigers 6-5 (F/10) W

Los Angeles Angels

Opponent Score W/L
vs Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 W
vs Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 L
vs Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 L
@ Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 L
@ Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 W

Team Rankings

Category Chicago Cubs Los Angeles Angels
Hitting .229 AVG, 364 R, 667 H, 85 HR, .311 OBP, .370 SLG .237 AVG, 351 R, 680 H, 93 HR, .304 OBP, .387 SLG
Starting Pitching 3.98 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 275 BB, 782 K, .240 OBA 4.62 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 327 BB, 660 K, .240 OBA
Relief Pitching 3.98 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 275 BB, 782 K, .240 OBA 4.62 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 327 BB, 660 K, .240 OBA
Fielding Tight defensive play led by Hoerner and Morel. Averages defensively with room for improvement.

Significant Betting Stats

  • Chicago Cubs are 1-4 in their last 5 games.
  • Los Angeles Angels are 2-3 in their last 5 games.
  • Tyler Anderson holds a solid 3.03 ERA this season.
  • Kyle Hendricks has struggled with a 7.48 ERA.
  • Angels have a batting average of .237 this season.
  • Cubs' bullpen maintains a 3.98 ERA.
  • Chicago has hit 85 home runs this season.
  • Taylor Ward is a key offensive player for the Angels.
  • Angels' recent form against right-handed pitching is favorable.
  • Both teams aim to improve their fielding performance.

Prediction:

Given the pitching matchups and both teams' recent offensive struggles, this game could end up being a low-scoring affair. Tyler Anderson's solid performances and Kyle Hendricks' need to find his form might result in a game dominated by pitching. The slight edge goes to the under, considering both teams' recent form and the strength of their bullpens.

Pick: Under 8.5 Runs at -115

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