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MLB Best Bets Today: Cleveland Guardians vs. Chicago Cubs odds, top props available

MLB Best Bets Today

Below you can find the Cleveland Guardians vs. Chicago Cubs odds and lines that are among the MLB best bets today. The Guardians are locked in a tight race for the top spot in the division, while the Cubs remain in the mix for their own division crown.

The industry’s top sportsbooks offer a variety of MLB bets, including game odds, player props, team futures, and more. Here are the top MLB best bets today and beyond for the Guardians vs. Cubs.

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MLB Best Bets Today: Guardians vs. Cubs odds, lines, projected starters

The Guardians and Cubs are projected to send the following starting pitchers to the hill, starting Friday when the three-game series begins:

  • Cal Quantrill vs. Justin Steele
  • Tanner Bibee vs. Marcus Stroman
  • Aaron Civale vs. Jameson Taillon

The Cubs hold the pitching advantage on paper. Steele and Stroman will both take a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.10 WHIP into their turns. Neither Quantrill nor Bibee has come close to matching their counterparts in those categories. Taillon, meanwhile, featured a 5.60 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in June.

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MLB Futures Odds: Guardians to Win AL Central (+165 or better)

This weekend’s rematch of the 2016 World Series won’t determine the Guardians’ ultimate fate, but it’s still worth considering them as the eventual winners in the American League Central.

Admittedly, this is more about the mediocrity of the division — no team enters the weekend above .500 — than it is confidence in the Guardians. They make for a solid bet nonetheless.

Offense isn’t the Guardians’ strong suit. However, they’re pesky when it comes to strikeouts, and good things can happen when you put the ball in play. As far as pitching, they’re solid overall if not spectacular. They don’t give up a lot of home runs or surrender too many free passes, so they have the ability to remain in games.

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That formula — staying close and scratching out wins late — may be enough to outlast the sub-par competition they face in the division.

Guardians vs. Cubs Best Bets: Eyes on the Under

Under bets are a good place to start for those wagering on the Guardians and Cubs this weekend.

We touched briefly on the form Steele and Stroman are in as they enter their starts this weekend. They will make things challenging on a Guardians lineup that features only two players (Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor) with double-digit home runs and an OPS above .800.

The quality of the Guardians’ starting pitchers may fall short compared to the Cubs’ arms, but it’s not as if the Cubs feature a fearsome offense themselves. They’re middle of the pack in a number of categories. Not to mention, they enter the series with lighter numbers against right-handed pitching. Each of the Guardians’ projected starters deal from the right side.

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Oddsmakers will certainly account for less-than-prolific offenses when setting totals, so take some time to shop around, and be patient. Remember, it’s not worth forcing a wager if you’re not comfortable with the betting odds. Keep an eye on Sunday’s finale in particular.

Considering Taillon’s struggles, sportsbooks may offer a higher total than they do in the series’ first two games.

— Article contributed by Craig Williams

Joshua Buckley is a contributor for NEO Sports Insiders. Along with award-winning experience as a sports editor in Alabama and Texas, he has also spent time in public relations for the tourism and blood banking industries. Joshua is co-host of "Whole Lotta Wolves," the only U.S.-based Wolverhampton Wanders FC podcast.

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