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Picks, predictions for Cubs vs. Athletics on Wednesday, April 19th

Henry Palattella shares their top picks on DraftKings Sportsbook for Cubs-Athletics on Wednesday, April 19th.

Seiya Suzuki of the Chicago Cubs scores against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the eight inning at RingCentral Coliseum on April 18, 2023 in Oakland, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Chicago Cubs have continued their hot start to the season by taking the first two games of their three game series against the lowly Oakland Athletics. They’ll look to complete the sweep in today’s series finale, with first pitch set for 3:37 p.m. ET. Justin Steele (2-01, 1.42 ERA) is on the mound for the North Siders while flamethrowing prospect Mason Miller will make his MLB debut for the A’s.

The Cubs are -155 favorites on the moneyline on DraftKings Sportsbook, while the Athletics are +135 underdogs. The total is set at 7.5.

Cubs-Athletics picks: Wednesday, April 19th

Injury report


Out: SP Kyle Hendricks (right shoulder strain), RP Codi Heuer (right elbow surgery)


Out: RP Dany Jimenez (strained right shoulder), SP Paul Blackburn (eight middle fingernail avulsion), C Manny Pina (left wrist inflammation), SP Domingo Acevedo (lower back/oblique strain), SP Drew Rucinski (left hamstring tightness), OF Seth Brown (left oblique)

Starting pitchers

Justin Steele vs. Mason Miller

Steele has been one of the biggest surprises of the year, and is coming off a start where he scattered two runs over seven innings in a win over the Dodgers. Steele’s fastball has been a different animal this year, as he’s held batters to a .211 average against the pitch this season after giving up batting average of .312 off it last season. That fastball is complemented by a wipeout slider that hitters have gone 1-for-25 against this year.

Miller, the A’s No. 3 prospect according to who the team selected in the third round in the 2021 draft, is 1-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 28 2/3 career innings in the Minors and is coming off a start of five scoreless innings in Triple-A. This won’t be a spot start for Miller, as general manager David Forst told reporters that the righty will be in the rotation going forward.

Over/Under pick

Yesterday, this under easily cleared in a 4-0 Cubs win. That trend will continue today, as I’m not expecting a ton of combined offense. I can’t see the Athletics’ hapless offense generating much off Steele, and I also think Miller will be able to hold his own against a Cubs’ lineup that hasn’t seen his stuff yet.

Pick: Under 7.5

Moneyline pick

Give me the Cubs completing the sweep. As mentioned above, Steele is off to a strong start to the season, and that should continue against an A’s team that has combined to score one run for the first two games of the series. The Cubs should cruise here.

Pick: Cubs