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Chicago Cubs vs Oakland Athletics Odds
The Athletics will be trying to slam their rivals from the other league on Wednesday, as the Chicago Cubs visit in inter-league play at O.co Coliseum.
The Athletics will turn to Bartolo Colon and his 11-2 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Cubs send Matt Garza (3-1) to the hill.
This game matches up the No. 6 (Athletics) and the No. 7 (Cubs) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Oakland's American League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.7 runs per game, against a Cubs offense rated No. 6 and scoring 4.2 runs per game in the league. The Athletics have averaged 8.6 hits per game to date this season, more than the Cubs hitters have managed (8.3 per nine innings).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Oakland has the American League's No. 4-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 8 mark in runs allowed.
Chicago lost its last outing, an 8-7 result against the Athletics on July 2. Bettors who backed the Athletics at -220 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (15) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Chicago looks to rebound from a loss to the Athletics, who beat them 8-7 on Tuesday behind a start from A.J. Griffin at O.co Coliseum.
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Oakland are 5-2
After playing Oakland are 5-1
After a loss are 6-4
Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 3-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 0-6
After a win are 5-5
A few Cubs at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games on the road
Oakland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 7 games at home
Chi Cubs at Oakland, Thursday, July 4