Can Chicago just throw anyone on the mound and be the favorite in the finale of the Mariners Cubs game on ESPN tonight? This is the theory that will be bouncing around the barbecues all day long. A journeyman pitcher that had been cut by the Braves gets the ball verses a visiting over .500 team. All of this and the Cubs are at a -160 moneyline favorite to win this evening. Is all of this just to achieve balanced wagering based on the brand name of the Cubs? Let us examine it all right now here at HRWager!
Mariners Cubs : Matusz
Matusz was a prized left handed pitcher with loads of potential whose teams got tired of waiting. Baltimore traded him this year and the Braves cut him. A transition to another career seemed possible until the Cubs decided to sign the 29 year old. Now less than two months later, Chicago has decided to test him out on a national stage. This is on the heels of a massive flop yesterday. Their new gunslinger, Chapman, blew the lead late as the Mariners rallied for the win. So how can this team with such an unknown be a sizable favorite at home.
Hernandez is Still Suffering
Felix has been having a productive season even if it has not been up to his stellar standards. Problem with his recent momentum is that it comes just two starts since he came off of the disabled list. Strained right calf has seen him suffer through some initial setbacks. Nine runs in just a little over twelve innings is nowhere near the stuff he normally deals. Once he gets it all back together, he will be formidable. Can he do it against the big bats of the Cubs?
Chicago has been skating on their reputation for a month. Seattle ML has excellent road underdog value for the bankroll. Team total on the over for the Mariners is also a deal. A journeyman pitcher that got dumped by Atlanta just does not get it together now that he is on a good team. Either one of our free picks should be pounded on for profit this evening. Good fortune and we will see you next time here at the HRW.