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Chicago Cubs Odds
Jon Lester and the visiting Chicago Cubs will try to find some consistency Wednesday as they conclude a three-game interleague series against the Detroit Tigers. Lester (2-1, 5.06 ERA) has yielded 13 runs on 18 hits over 9 2/3 innings in his past two starts.
On Friday, the lefty was chased from a home start against the Chicago White Sox after allowing eight runs in 3 2/3 innings. The Cubs are 5-8 in their past 13 games, including a 7-1 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday.
Willson Contreras’ home run leading off the ninth allowed the Cubs to avoid their first shutout defeat of the season. Jason Kipnis is batting .333 (5-for-15) in his career against Fulmer.
Detroit Tigers Odds
The Detroit Tigers will go for their fourth win in six games Wednesday as they face the visiting Chicago Cubs in the rubber match of a three-game interleague series.
Right-hander Michael Fulmer (0-0, 9.53 ERA) will try for his first victory in his fifth start this season. He took a no-decision in his lone career start against the Cubs, allowing three runs in six innings two years ago. Center fielder JaCoby Jones left Detroit’s 7-1 victory on Tuesday due to right calf tightness, but the Tigers did not make an immediate announcement about his status.
Jonathan Schoop belted a grand slam for his team-leading seventh home run. Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-4 and is batting .357 (10-for-28) in his past seven games.