The Chicago Cubs (55-74) and Toronto Blue Jays (69-58) play the middle contest of a 3-game interleague series Tuesday at Rogers Centre. First pitch is slated for 7:07 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the Cubs vs. Blue Jays odds with MLB picks and predictions.
Season series: Toronto leads 1-0
The Cubs had a 5-game win streak from Aug. 16-20 but are just 3-7 since. Chicago has logged a mere .570 OPS in those 10 games.
The Blue Jays won Monday’s series opener 5-4 in 11 innings. Toronto is just 3-7 with a .593 OPS over its last 10 at home. The Jays went 9-3 with a .773 OPS in the 12 home games before that.
Cubs at Blue Jays projected starters
RHP Marcus Stroman vs. RHP Kevin Gausman
Stroman (3-6, 4.10 ERA) makes his 19th start. He has a 1.22 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9 and 7.8 K/9 through 96 2/3 IP.
Undone Thursday with 5 runs allowed on 11 hits across 5 IP vs. the St. Louis Cardinals in his last start.
Has excelled on the road (2.08 ERA) but struggled mightily at Wrigley Field (6.92 ERA).
Gausman (9-9, 3.15 ERA) makes his 25th start. He has a 1.26 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 K/9 through 134 1/3 IP.
Owns a 4.86 ERA over his last 3 starts.
Has registered a 4.63 ERA at home and a 2.01 ERA on the road.
Cubs at Blue Jays odds and lines
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:06 a.m. ET.
Money line: Cubs +190 (bet $100 to win $190) | Blue Jays -240 (bet $240 to win $100)
Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS): Cubs +1.5 (-117) | Blue Jays -1.5 (-103)
Over/Under (O/U): 8.5 (O: +105 | U: -130)
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Cubs at Blue Jays picks and predictions
Blue Jays 6, Cubs 4
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TORONTO -1.5 (-103) is the strongest side in this one, but tag this one as best played out with a partial-unit wager.
Both pitchers have shown some recent signs of late-season fatigue, and both bullpens were aired out in trying to take Game 1.
The OVER 8.5 (+105) is the strongest play in this match-up.
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