MLB Picks: Texas Rangers vs. Chicago Cubs

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IApril 16, 2013

MLB Picks: Texas Rangers vs. Chicago Cubs

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    The Chicago Cubs have won eight of their last 10 home games versus left-handed starters dating back to last season, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Tuesday, as they prepare to host the Texas Rangers at Wrigley Field.

    Sports bettors will find that the Cubs are +125 underdogs in the pro baseball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 7.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this interleague matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a pick along the way. 

Texas Rangers

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    The Texas Rangers are 26-17 against National League opponents since the start of the 2011 campaign, including a 7-2 mark on the road a season ago.

    Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland is 1-5 with a 5.96 ERA in nine career interleague starts, including an 0-1 mark and a 4.58 ERA in two outings on the road.

Chicago Cubs

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    The Chicago Cubs are 2-4 on their current nine-game homestand and are looking to bounce back from a 10-7 setback to the San Francisco Giants as -103 underdogs Sunday.

    Sports bettors will find that the Cubs are 0-7 in Travis Wood's last seven starts as a home underdog.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Chicago Cubs as one of their MLB picks Tuesday night, as the Texas Rangers are 2-7 in Derek Holland's last nine interleague starts.

    MLB Pick: Chicago Cubs +125

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