Oakland favored by -170 against Chicago on Thursday
Chicago Cubs vs Oakland Athletics Odds
The Chicago Cubs will look to grab an inter-league road victory when they take on the Athletics in Oakland at O.co Coliseum on Thursday in baseball action.
The Athletics will turn to Daniel Straily and his 4-2 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Cubs send Travis Wood (5-6) to the hill.
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Cubs listed as underdogs of +-170 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.
This game puts the Athletics, most recently No. 6 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Cubs, who rate a National League No. 7 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has the American League's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 8.5 hits per game. The Cubs average 8.4 hits per game, good for No. 10 on the National League list.
Oakland owns the American League's No. 4 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's National League No. 8-rated defense.
In their last action, Chicago was a 3-1 winner on the road against the Athletics. Bettors on Chicago at +181 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Cubs enjoyed a 3-1 victory at the expense of the Athletics on Wednesday, with Matt Garza throwing 8 innings of 4-hit ball at O.co Coliseum.
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing Oakland are 6-1
After a win are 4-6
Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Kansas City are 3-7
After playing Chi Cubs are 0-7
After a loss are 6-4
A few Cubs at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games
Chi Cubs are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road
Oakland is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home
Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Oakland's last 22 games at home
Chi Cubs home to Pittsburgh, Friday, July 5
Oakland at Kansas City, Friday, July 5