The Chicago Cubs won their series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night, and they’ll look to make it two straight with All-Star Justin Steele on the mound on Saturday afternoon.
Steele (13-3, 2.68 ERA) hasn’t been great this month, giving up nine runs (six earned) in 11.1 innings of work, but the lefty’s body of work in 2023 speaks for itself. He’s allowed more than three earned runs just two times in 21 starts.
He takes on Toronto righty Chris Bassitt (11-6, 3.87 ERA), who is coming off a gem in his last outing. Bassitt tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Boston Red Sox in that start.
Both of these offenses have been solid this season, but does that continue with this elite pitching matchup? Here are the odds and my best bet for this game:
Cubs vs. Blue Jays odds, run line and total
Cubs vs. Blue Jays prediction and pick
I foolishly bet against the Cubs on Friday night, thinking Jose Berrios would outduel Javier Assad, but the exact opposite happened.
Friday’s game finished with eight combined runs, and I think we could be in line for another low-scoring game on Saturday with this pitching matchup.
As I mentioned, Steele has been money in 2023, rarely giving up a lot of runs that are earned. If he can keep that streak going, I like the Cubs' chances of holding Toronto in check for the second consecutive night.
As for Bassitt, he’s rebounded nicely after a rough month of June.
Since July 1, Bassitt has made seven starts, leading the Jays to a 5-2 record in those games while posting 3.38 ERA.
These teams also rank fifth (Toronto) and 11th (Chicago) in bullpen ERA this season. Even though offense has been both squad’s calling card at times in 2023, I think pitching reigns supreme on Saturday afternoon.
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