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Cubs in Good Position to Win Ninth Straight

Well don’t look now but the Cubs have gotten hot and the whole league is in trouble. They won their series opener vs the Angels last night and will send Jason Hammel (11-5, 3.07 ERA) to the mound tonight in search of their ninth straight win. Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 5.23 ERA) will get the starting opportunity for the Angels and will look to redeem himself to the Anaheim fans after a rough first start.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in 20 of the Cubs' last 25 games after consecutive wins.
  • The Angels are 3-9 in their last 12 games against the NL Central.
  • The Angels are 2-11 on the runline in their last 13 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.

Nolasco got beat up by the Athletics in his first Angels’ start and could be in some serious trouble vs one of the most dangerous lineups in all of baseball.

Hammel has won four straight starts for the Cubs and is coming off a performance in which he hurled six scoreless innings. He has not allowed more than two runs since he was blown up by the Mets at the start of July. The veteran righty has been a little worse on the road this year but still has respectable numbers with a 5-4 record and a 3.80 ERA away from Wrigley.

The Cubs are a heavy favorite in this one and I see no value in betting against them tonight. If you’re looking for action, though, check out the Cubs’ runline as our computer has them winning by over four runs.

Los Angeles Angels vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

70-41 Chicago battles the Angels, currently with a 49-63 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Los Angeles injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Chicago Cubs and the league No. 13-ranked Los Angeles Angels, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Chicago Cubs No. 3-ranked scoring average of 5.05 runs per game, against a Los Angeles Angels offense rated No. 13 and scoring 4.61 runs per game. The Cubs have averaged 8.62 hits per game to date this season, less than the Angels hitters have managed (9.04 per nine innings).

Chicago owns the No. 1 defense, allowing 5.05 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Los Angeles's No. 24-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Los Angeles looks to rebound from a loss to the Cubs, who beat them 5-1 on Tuesday behind a start from J Lackey at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • LA Angels are 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • LA Angels are 0-5 in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels' last 7 games
  • LA Angels are 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs are 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Chi Cubs are 5-0 in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games
  • Chi Cubs are 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Cleveland, Thursday, August 11th
Chicago home to St. Louis, Thursday, August 11th

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