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Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers

March 31, 2024

The Chicago Cubs (0-2) seek their first win of the season for game three against the Texas Rangers (2-0) on Sunday, March 31 at 2:35 PM ET at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers come in with a moneyline at -145, showing they are slightly favored.

Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

The Cubs have fallen down 2-0 in this three-game series and need a spark to end on a good note. Their most recent defeat was an 11-2 blowout, where they allowed six runs unanswered in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The National League Central was a tight race last season, with the Cubs finishing with a record of 83-79. This was good enough to be considered for the wild card, but they will have another tough season on their hands. Can they find ways early in the season to overcome defending champions?

The Cubs lost all momentum after the second inning, where the game was no longer tied at 2-2. Their issues offensively are showing, as they have a batting average at .177 and a slugging percentage at .306. This cannot continue to happen, no matter what they team they are facing.

They found their first home run of the season in game two, which was the two-run bomb in the second inning and only runs on the board. They also showcase an on-base percentage at .268.

Texas Rangers Betting Preview

The Rangers have shown a good start to this season, but must keep that momentum strong if they want to repeat this year as World Series champs. They needed extra innings in game one of this series, but not so much in the second.

They tied with the Houston Astros with a 90-72 record last season in the American League West. They will have another tight race this year, but they already have a championship under their belt with a great roster intact to give them a positive outlook.

They are putting up a .333 batting average and have landed five home runs so far in these two games. They are getting on base with a percentage at .405 and showcase a .611 slugging percentage.

Defensively, they have done a great job at limiting the Cubs chances, especially in game two. They are sporting an ERA of 2.37, which is going to be key as the Cubs are going to seek out as many scoring possibilities as they can to keep up.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie is showing MLB odds that are favoring the Texas Rangers again, with a moneyline at -145. According to market analysis, the Rangers have a 58.8 percent chance to win. The Rangers are appealing everywhere you look and will likely win by a few runs once again.

Final Pick: Texas Rangers -145