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MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers

August 22, 2023

In the impending second matchup of a thrilling three-game series taking place in Michigan, the Chicago Cubs (64-59) and Detroit Tigers (57-67) are set to ignite fresh betting opportunities. As they each aim to solidify their positions in their respective divisions, the question arises: which team presents the strongest case for victory?

  • Date: Game 2 on August 22, 2023 at 6:40 PM ET

  • Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan

Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

The Cubs recorded their third straight victory when they won in game one of this series. This was a 7-6 victory, which came down to the wire when the Cubs scored two runs in the top of the ninth to gain an edge. Drew Smyly (9-8) is looking to make some noise on the mound, but has an ERA at 4.92.

They have some stronger stats on offense, such as their batting average of roughly .254. They do a solid job on defense, as their opponents average .241 at the plate. This difference might make the most impact in the game.

Their ERA is a little lacking around 4.15, with their OBP moving closer to .331. Their slugging percentage is not bad at all near .420, which is at the league average.

The Cubs continue to still hold down the second place spot in the NL Central, with about three games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. Every win is crucial if they want to capture that lead.

Detroit Tigers Betting Preview

The Tigers have won their last four out of five before the start of this series. Despite landing good wins against the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Guardians, they failed to do a good job defensively in game one. Reese Olson (2-5) has a chance at the mound to shine, but has an ERA of 4.83.

The Tigers will have their hands full again in this game. Their batting average is a bit lacking at .235 and they allow .245. They need to improve on both sides of the field if they want any shot at the playoffs.

Their ERA is slightly more appealing than the Cubs at 4.42, but their on-base percentage is not as impressive at .300. They also have a slugging percentage at about .378, which needs improvement.

The Tigers are third in the AL Central by roughly eight games behind the Twins. They must take advantage of being at home if they want to succeed.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following odds from MyBookie are showing that the Los Angeles Dodgers are slight favorites to win game two. According to market analysis, the Dodgers have a 55 percent chance of winning this game.

  • Detroit Tigers: +100

  • Chicago Cubs: -120

  • *odds are subject to changes

The Tigers are surprisingly below .500 at home, while the Cubs are a coin flip on their success. Look for the Cubs to have a slightly better game.

Final Pick: Take the Chicago Cubs to Win at -120


Written By: David White