Cubs vs. Marlins prediction and odds for Saturday, April 29 (Traffic Jam on the base paths in Miami)

Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson (7)
Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, it took the Miami Marlins all the way to the bottom of the ninth before they could grab the lead from the Chicago Cubs. Jean Segura secured the 3-2 walk-off win with a single past Dansby Swanson. That takes the Marlins to 14-13 on the year while the Cubs fall to 14-11. 

Today, it’s Game 2 of this three-game set, a nationally televised game on Fox in the late afternoon on the east coast. The Cubs give the start to Caleb Kilian. The rookie is 0-2 with a  10.32 ERA in three starts. The Marlins counter with 1-2 Edward Cabrera who carries with him an ERA of 4.91. 

Let’s take a look at the odds for this one between the Cubs and Marlins in Miami. 

Cubs vs. Marlins odds, run line and total

Cubs vs. Marlins prediction and pick

The Cubs were largely held off the scoreboard yesterday, but that’s rare with this Chicago Cubs team. I don’t expect them to be playing in low-scoring games for long. This team is second in the MLB in OPS, only behind Tampa Bay, at .793.

Yet, they are seventh in runs scored, something that I expect to improve because it’s become clear that they have a very strong and deep lineup. Today, that lineup has drawn Edward Cabrera and that could be good news. 

Last time out, Cabrera went 4.1 and allowed four runs on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Not exactly lights out stuff from Cabrera. He has 20 walks to 24 punchouts this year, which is an abysmal K/BB ratio which will get him into trouble far more often than not. 

Speaking of a bad K/BB ratio. Caleb Kilian has 12 walks in his 11.1 innings of work this season and has only punched nine tickets back to the dugout. There is going to be a lot of traffic on the basepaths, so I’ll keep it simple and take the over. 

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