The Detroit Tigers (56-61, –6.09 units) have essentially given up on the 2015 season, but they’ll get a glimpse of the future Wednesday night when Daniel Norris takes the mound against veteran lefty Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs (67-49, +9.28 units). First pitch is at 8:05 PM ET on ESPN.
Norris (4.65 FIP) was the centerpiece of the deal that sent David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays at the non-waiver trade deadline. The rookie southpaw has had more success with the Tigers, leading them to a 2-1 record and 2.10 betting units in his three starts since the trade. With Toronto, Norris was 2.23 units in the hole on a team record of 2-3 before getting sent to AAA-Buffalo.
The Cubs are very much alive in the National League playoff race, holding down the second Wild Card spot, and Lester (2.86 FIP) has pitched like an ace in his first year on the senior circuit. However, Chicago is just 13-10 in Lester’s 23 starts for a tiny profit of 0.29 units. The under is 14-7-2 when Lester takes the mound, with his teammates providing just 3.17 runs of support per game instead of their usual 3.99 runs.