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Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Angels 6/8/2023 Predictions, Picks and Odds

Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Angels 6/8/2023 Predictions, Picks and Odds

In the finale of an interleague series, two teams attempting to progress in their respective playoff campaigns face off at Golden State. As they finish their three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago Cubs are now on the road. On Tuesday night, the Angels overcame an early deficit in the series opener to win 7-4 and secure the game’s first victory. Will the Cubs recover and leave town with a win, or will the Angels be able to handle business at home? This article was published before the conclusion of Wednesday night’s middle game of the series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

After squandering a four-run lead in the series’ first game on Tuesday night, Chicago aims to avenge that loss. The Cubs had a record of 26-34 as of Wednesday and were fourth in the NL Central, 6.5 games behind the Brewers, who were in the lead. Mike Tauchman and Matt Mervis scored two runs for Chicago on Tuesday, and Nico Hoerner had two hits. However, it wasn’t enough, as the Cubs lost despite blowing a 4-0 lead due to a poor relief performance. Hayden Wesneski was not considered after pitching 4.2 innings and allowing four runs (two earned) on two hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Brandon Hughes (0-3) of the bullpen, who failed to retire a hitter and allowed two runs on two hits, two walks, and no strikeouts, took the loss.

In this game, Drew Smyly, who is making his 13th start of the season, will start on the mound for the Cubs. He had a 5-3 record, a 3.56 ERA, a 1.112 WHIP, 17 walks, and 57 strikeouts in 65.2 innings thrown heading into the game. Smyly struggled in his most recent start, which was on the road against the Padres on Saturday. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, three walks, and four strikeouts in a 6-0 loss for the Cubs. In his previous three starts, Smyly had a 1-2 record, a 5.87 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, 15.1 innings pitched, seven walks, and 11 strikeouts. Smyly made his ninth appearance and seventh career start in this contest against the Angels. He has a 1-4 record, a 5.40 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP, 17 walks, and 35 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched against them. Smyly has made four appearances and three starts during his career, with a 1-2 record, a 3.92 ERA, a 1.307 WHIP, eight walks, and 26 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Angels 6/8/2023 Predictions, Picks and Odds

By taking advantage of their opportunities at the plate, the Los Angeles Angels rallied to win the opening game of this series. The Angels were third overall and first in the AL West with a record of 32-30 as of Wednesday, nine games behind the Rangers. On Tuesday, Los Angeles only registered five hits, and no player had more than one. For the win, multiple runs were scored by Taylor Ward (his seventh) and Shohei Ohtani (16th). The Angels produced six walks, one hitter getting hit by a pitch, one mistake, and plenty of runners. Tyler Anderson (3-1) prevailed despite allowing four runs on five hits, three walks, and five strikeouts over five innings. Carlos Estevez pitched the ninth inning for his sixteenth save, surrendering just two hits, no runs, no walks, and two strikeouts.

Reid Detmers, an Angels pitcher, is making his eleventh start of the season in this contest. He enters the game with a 5.15 ERA, a 1.539 WHIP, and a 0-5 record. This season, throughout 50.2 innings of play, there were 60 strikeouts and 21 walks. Last Thursday against the Astros while on the road, Detmers’ final start resulted in failure. He allowed four runs in five innings on six hits, two walks, and two strikeouts as the Angels trailed 5-2. Detmers has tossed 15.2 innings and is 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, seven walks, and 19 strikeouts.

In his three prior starts. Detmers begins his first game against the Cubs in his 41st big league outing. He makes his 21st career start in this contest at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Detmers has a record of 5-6 in those outings, throwing 108.1 innings with a 3.99 ERA, 1.172 WHIP, 38 walks, and 111 strikeouts.

Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Angels. The Los Angeles Angels are the MLB’s selection to win this match. Due to both teams’ ups and downs over the first two months of the season, it has been difficult to get a clear read on them. Despite losing his first two starts, Smyly has pitched well this year, offering the Cubs a dependable middle-of-the-rotation arm. Detmers has struggled this season, going without a win and boasting an ERA of over five. Given what we’ve seen in past games, it’s difficult to feel hopeful about the Angels’ prospects with him on the mound. The visitors’ bats should be able to score enough runs against Detmers to give them the victory they were intended to obtain at 7-3, despite the Cubs’ bullpen’s struggles, as we saw again on Tuesday night.

MLB Starting Time: 9:38 PM ET

Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023


MLB Odds: Los Angeles Angels (-135)

MLB Totals: 9.0


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