Chicago Cubs vs Detroit Tigers Betting Odds
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There was all kinds of breaking news surrounding the Chicago Cubs to start the week, but one thing remained unchanged - their offensive struggles. The Cubs hope the arrival of Daniel Murphy from Washington will help kick start their offense in the finale of a two-game road set against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
The Cubs were limited to a single solo home run for the fifth consecutive game in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Tigers, and they hope Murphy can add some much-needed punch to the lineup. “He’s kind of exactly what we need right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters. "Put that kind of at-bat at the top of the order and let him get his at-bats in and set a good example for the rest of the hitters.”
The acquisition wasn’t the only news of the day for the Cubs, who also learned right-hander Yu Darvish will miss the remainder of the season with a stress reaction on his pitching elbow and scratched shortstop Addison Russell from Tuesday’s lineup with right shoulder inflammation. The Tigers won for only the second time in their last seven games but improved to 33-30 at home.
Chicago Cubs vs Detroit Tigers Starting Pitchers Report
Cubs LH Jon Lester (13-5, 3.72 ERA): After struggling in three consecutive starts, Lester bounced back with a strong outing Thursday at Pittsburgh. The 34-year-old matched his season high with eight strikeouts and limited the Pirates to five hits over six scoreless innings to earn his first win since July 15. Lester is 2-6 with a 6.05 ERA in 11 starts against the Tigers, but he hasn’t faced them since 2015.
Tigers LH Francisco Liriano (3-8, 4.72): Liriano hasn’t won since April 28, and he hasn’t posted a quality start since July 4 against the Cubs. The 34-year-old is 0-3 with a 6.85 ERA over his last seven outings (six starts) and was tagged for eight runs (four earned) over 1 2/3 innings Thursday at Minnesota. Liriano is 5-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 15 starts against the Cubs with his last win coming in 2015.
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Chicago Cubs Betting Odds Trends
|Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games|
|Chi Cubs is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games on the road|
|Chi Cubs is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games when playing Detroit|
|Chi Cubs is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Detroit|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games when playing on the road against Detroit|
Detroit Tigers Betting Odds Trends
|Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games|
|Detroit is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home|
|Detroit is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home|
|Detroit is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 9 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs|
Chicago home to Cincinnati Thursday, August 23
Detroit home to Chicago Thursday, August 23