Florida Marlins at Chicago Cubs Preview 7/24/08

MLB Betting Preview

Florida Marlins at Chicago Cubs
Thursday, 8:05 pm Eastern

SBG Global Opening Line: Cubs - 200 , Total 8.5 Under -125

The Chicago Cubs will be glad to get back to the friendly confines on Thursday night as they host the Florida Marlins. The Cubs just can’t win on the road but they rarely lose at home. Carlos Zambrano gets the start for Chicago on Thursday while Scott Olsen goes for Florida.

SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Cubs at Home.

Zambrano is 10-4 this season with a 2.98 ERA. He walked six in his last outing against Houston on Saturday in a 4-1 loss. He has not faced Florida this season but is 3-1 in his career against the Marlins with a 2.54 ERA in seven games.

Olsen is 6-4 on the season with a 3.84 ERA. Olsen has won two straight for the Marlins after going winless in his previous 11 starts. He has a good ERA on the season but doesn’t always get good run support.

Here are the MLB betting stats for Thursday’s game. The Marlins are 6-1 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Marlins are 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Marlins are 7-2 in their last 9 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Marlins are 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Marlins are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. the National League Central. The Marlins are 16-5 in Olsen’s last 21 starts vs. the National League Central. The Marlins are 1-4 in Olsen’s last 5 road starts. The Marlins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago.

SBG Global Current Line: Cubs - 200 , Total 8.5 Under -125

The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the National League East. The Cubs are 40-12 in their last 52 games as a home favorite. The Cubs are 20-7 in their last 27 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Cubs are 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Cubs are 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday games. The Cubs are 4-1 in Zambrano’s last 5 starts as a home favorite. The Cubs are 12-5 in Zambrano’s last 17 starts vs. the National League East. The Cubs are 11-5 in Zambrano’s last 16 starts. The Cubs are 4-0 in Zambrano’s last 4 starts vs. the Marlins.

The Over is 5-0 in the Marlins last 5 vs. the National League Central. The Under is 4-1 in the Marlins last 5 overall. The Over is 23-9-4 in the Marlins last 36 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 37-16-6 in the Marlins last 59 games as a road underdog. The Over is 22-10-4 in the Marlins last 36 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 4-1 in Olsen’s last 5 starts vs. the National League Central. The Over is 9-3 in Olsen’s last 12 starts overall.

The Under is 7-1 in the Cubs last 8 vs. the National League East. The Under is 5-1 in the Cubs last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Under is 4-0 in Zambrano’s last 4 starts vs. the National League East. The Under is 9-3 in Zambrano’s last 12 starts as a home favorite. The Over is 5-2 in Zambrano’s last 7 starts vs. the Marlins. The Over is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings in Chicago between the two teams.

Pick: Cubs -1.5 runs 3units

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