Chicago Cubs vs Oakland Athletics 4-18-2023

Chicago Cubs vs Oakland Athletics 4/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Chicago Cubs vs Oakland Athletics 4/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Chicago Cubs will go against the Oakland Athletics in MLB action in Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, CA, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 9:40 PM ET.


The Chicago Cubs won two of the three games in Los Angeles on Sunday, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. As a result, the Cubs won their most recent three series, improving to 7-3 in their previous ten.


The Cubs were 3-2 away from home and in second place in the NL Central going into Monday’s game. 


In each of the three games against the Dodgers, the Cubs pitching staff showed signs of life. The key for this team was strengthening the bullpen.


The bullpen’s overall ERA this season is 4.22, but it dropped to 3.38 during the previous five games.


The right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman, who is 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA through his first three appearances, was a major factor in the starting pitchers’ 3.11 ERA, which is the third-best mark in baseball.


In his final appearance, Stroman allowed Seattle two runs over six innings after starting the season with 12 scoreless innings.


  • The Chi Cubs are 8-3 SU in their last 11 matches.
  • The Chi Cubs are 6-1 SU in their last 7 matches against Oakland.
  • The Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 matches on the road.

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Chicago Cubs vs Oakland Athletics Predictions 4/18/2023


The Oakland Athletics dropped all three of their matches against the New York Mets over the course of the weekend, making it nine losses in a row.


Due to a 2-7 home record, Oakland currently is in last place in the AL West heading into Monday’s games.


Oakland was thoroughly outplayed on Friday night and lost by 11 runs, but the remaining two games versus New York saw much superior pitching, with a combined seven runs allowed.


This Oakland pitching staff was dreadful, ranking last in baseball with an ERA of 7.60 and a WHIP of 1.67. The starters’ ERA over the previous five games is 7.77, while the relievers’ is 6.10.


This is appalling. The game will be started by left-hander Ken Waldichuk, who had a difficult season thus far, finishing 0-2 with a 10.20 ERA in three appearances. In his previous start, the lefty gave up three runs in 6.1 innings.


Through his first 8.2 frames, he gave up 14 runs. Oakland has 16 home runs, but they only scored 62 runs and are hitting just.235 as a team.


Over their last five games, they made some progress, averaging 5.09 runs per game while hitting .279 with a .371 on-base percentage. Sadly, it was not enough to make up for this awful pitching staff.


  • The total went OVER in 9 of Oakland’s last 12 matches.
  • The Oakland Athletics are 0-5 SU in their last 5 matches.
  • The Oakland Athletics are 1-8 SU in their last 9 matches at home.

Chicago Cubs vs Oakland Athletics. The MLB pick for this game is the Chicago Cubs.


While the Oakland offense was improving and their pitching improved significantly in their last two matches against the Mets over the weekend, Stroman presents a significant obstacle.


The right-hander faced Oakland six times and is 1-1 with a 4.21 ERA, but all of the damage was done to him while he was with Toronto, and in his final two starts against Oakland, both in 2019, he surrendered only one run in 15.0 innings of work combined.


How could Waldichuk not not appear “better” on his most recent outing? He struggled in his first two starts of the season, and now he’s playing against a Cubs team with a lackluster offense.


The Chicago Cubs will win to a predicted score of 5-3.


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Chicago Cubs vs Oakland Athletics 4/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 9:40 PM ET


Location: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, CA


Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023




MLB Odds: Chicago Cubs -168


MLB Totals: 7.5


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