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July 16, 1:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Florida Marlins vs Chicago Cubs Odds

44-49TEAM RECORD38-56

Wrigley Field hosts an MLB battle between the Chicago Cubs and the visiting Florida Marlins on Saturday.

The Cubs will rely on Carlos Zambrano to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Javier Vazquez will be his counterpart for the Marlins. Carlos Zambrano is 6-4 this season, and Javier Vazquez is 5-8.

View Florida vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Cubs in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -145 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cubs, most recently No. 10 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Marlins, who rate a National League No. 9 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 9-rated National League offense, averaging 4 runs per game, against a Marlins defense that ranks No. 9 in the National League at 4.3 in runs allowed per game. The Cubs have averaged 9.1 hits per game so far, more than Marlins batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the National League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Marlins own the National League's No. 9 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Florida was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Chicago at -110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Florida suffered a 2-1 loss against Chicago on Friday, as Ricky Nolasco wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Wrigley Field.

Florida Marlins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Florida are 4-6
After playing Florida are 6-4
After a win are 2-8

A few Marlins at Cubs trends to consider:
Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Florida's last 11 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing Florida
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing at home against Florida

Next up:
Florida at Chi Cubs, Sunday, July 17