Here’s a quick Cubs at Tigers Preview and Pick, as the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers begin a weekend MLB series on Friday night at Comerica Park. Both teams come into this weekend with a losing record, and this won’t be one of the most anticipated games of the weekend.
Chicago has played really well at times this season, but they just haven’t been consistent enough to be a true playoff contender. The Cubs are just 17-19 on the season and sit in fourth place in the crowded National League Central Division.
Detroit comes into this series with some momentum after sweeping the Kansas City Royals. Even with the recent surge, the Tigers are just 13-24 on the year and won’t factor into the playoff race.
Cubs at Tigers Preview and Pick: Injuries Hurting Cubs Attack
Every time the Cubs seem to get things figured out at the plate, another key piece of the lineup goes down with an injury. Chicago is expected to get several players back this weekend, and that could help them put up some big numbers this weekend.
Kris Bryant has been red-hot to being the 2021 season, and he is back to looking like one of the best players in baseball. The third baseman leads the team with a .308 batting average and nine home runs, and he will be a key factor in this series.
The Cubs have really struggled to hit with runners in scoring position, and that will need to be fixed as the season moves along. Javier Baez leads the team with 25 RBIs, but he still strikes out too much when contact is needed.
Veteran Jake Arrieta is on the mound on Friday night, and he has gone 3-3 with a 4.31 ERA to begin the year. Chicago does have some talented arms in the bullpen, and they just need their starter to give them a chance on Friday.
Cubs at Tigers Preview and Pick: Tigers Starting to Score
Detroit is one of the worst offensive teams in baseball this season, but they have actually started to turn it around at the plate. The Tigers are still near the bottom of the league in most offensive categories, but they have scored 23 runs during this four-game winning streak.
Cather Wilson Ramos leads the team with six home runs, and Robbie Grossman has a team-high 17 RBIs. There are still some holes in this lineup, but Detroit has some momentum that could prove to be a benefit on Friday night.
Another problem for Detroit has been the pitching staff, and they don’t have a great starter going in this one. Tarik Skubal makes the start on Friday night, and he is 0-5 with a 5.67 earned run average to begin the year.
The Tigers still have many flaws, but they are playing their best baseball of the season entering this weekend.
Cubs at Tigers Preview and Pick: Cubs Pound Tigers in Detroit
The pitching matchup in this game favors the Chicago Cubs in a big way, and they also have a much better offensive attack. Anything can happen in a Major League Baseball game, but it’s hard to see Detroit find a way to win this one.
Chicago should also start to get some injured players back this weekend, and that will help them find more offense at the plate. The Cubs have plenty of power in that lineup, and they will take advantage of some hitter-friendly conditions.
Detroit has won four straight games, but they are still nine games under the .500 mark. This is going to be a long season for the Tigers, and it will be a long weekend against the Cubs.
Forget betting the moneyline and take the Chicago Cubs -1.5 over the Detroit Tigers in the series opener.
- Cubs 8 – Tigers 3