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MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox- July 2nd, 2014

In the third and final game of the series, the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox will get together on Wednesday. After Jake Arrieta tied up the Red Sox on Monday night, Chicago won another game Tuesday by 2-1. Chicago has moved to 36-46, but still 13.5 games behind the Brewers. With the win last night, Chicago moved to 17-26 away from Wrigley Field. Boston comes into the game with a 38-46 record. The Red Sox are just barely above Tampa Bay in the division. The Red Sox are 20-21 at home this season following the loss last night. Boston currently is 7 games behind the second wildcard in their quest to defend their World Series title.

The Chicago Cubs come into the game playing pretty good baseball. That hasn’t mattered to the rest of the National League Central, who are all above .500, leaving the Cubs in the dust. Chicago has been poor offensively, ranking 28th in runs scored with 305. Chicago is batting .231 as a team. Chicago has seen bright spots out of Anthony Rizzo, who leads the team with 17 homeruns, along with Starlin Castro, with 47 runs batted in. The Cubs will send left-handed pitcher Travis Wood to the mound on Wednesday. The veteran will be making his 17th start of the season and 110th in his career. This season, Wood has a 7-6 record with a 4.52 earned run average. Opponents are batting .257 on the season against Wood. In his last outing out, the lefthander allowed 7 hits and 3 runs, going 6.2 innings in a no decision against Washington. The Cubs won that game. Overall, Chicago has won 7 of his last 9 starts.

What is wrong with the Boston Red Sox is the first question MLB fans will ask. The Red Sox have also not hit the baseball very well. The Red Sox rank 26th in MLB in batting average, with a .241 batting average. Their leader is Mike Napili, at .276. Boston’s power has come from David Ortiz, with 19 homeruns and 52 runs batted in. Brandon Workman is getting the start for the Red Sox. Workman has made 6 starts this season, pitching 41.1 innings, allowing 30 hits and walking 14 batters. Workman has a 1-1 record with a 3.27 earned run average. The right handed pitcher from Arlington, Texas is 25 years old, and is coming off a loss to the New York Yankees on June 27th. In that start, Workman allowed 7 hits and 4 earned runs through 7 innings.

Consensus

Who would think, the Chicago Cubs have a chance to sweep the Boston Red Sox, on the road. The defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are just not playing very good baseball, while surprisingly, Chicago is playing pretty well. Travis Wood has the ability to tie batters up all game long. Look for this to be one of those games. The Red Sox batters will find themselves off balance, as the Cubs score just enough runs to win the game. We are going to take the underdog, and bet on the Chicago Cubs +140 in this Wednesday game.

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