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MLB Game Preview - Cubs underdogs vs Marlins at Florida

Chicago CubsFlorida Marlins
May 18, 7:10 PM | GrassSun Life Stadium

Chicago Cubs vs Florida Marlins Odds

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The Marlins get a visit from the Chicago Cubs in baseball action on Wednesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Chicago puts its faith in starter Ryan Dempster to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 2-4. Getting the ball for the Marlins is Ricky Nolasco, who owns a 3-0 record on the season with a 3.02 ERA.

View Chi Cubs vs Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Florida opened as -123 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 4-ranked Marlins and the National League No. 10-rated Cubs in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida's No. 4-rated National League offense, averaging 4.4 runs per game, against a Cubs defense that ranks No. 15 in the National League at 4.9 in runs allowed per game. The Marlins have averaged 8.5 hits per game so far, less than Cubs batters have averaged on the year (9.6 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the National League's No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 5.2 runs per game on the highway. Florida, on the other hand, rates No. 8 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 7-5 loser as they battled the Reds on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at -125 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 7-5 to Cincinnati on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Florida are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Florida Marlins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Chi Cubs are 3-7
After playing NY Mets are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

A few Cubs at Marlins trends to consider:
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 when playing Florida
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Florida
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida's last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Florida is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Florida is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Florida, Thursday, May 19