Chicago Cubs (49-36) vs San Francisco Giants (46-44)Date : 07/09/2018
Time : 10:15 pm EST
Location : AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Chicago Cubs vs San Francisco Giants
Game 1 of a 3-game set versus the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants will take place at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, beginning at 10:15 pm EST. The Cubs have fallen to 2nd place within the NL Central division while the Giants have also fallen to the number 4 slot within the NL West division. In their last outing, the Cubs were 5-2 winners over the reeling Detroit Tigers on 7-5-2018. The Cubs cashed in on the money line (-216) while the under was the play in that the total was set at 9 runs for the game. Francisco Liriano (3-5) took the loss for the Tigers as he went 6 innings while allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 homers and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.03 in the loss. Ben Zobrist and Wilson Contreras both had 2 hits with Contreras having 3 RBI’s. David Bote was 1-3 with an RBI while Javier Baez was 1-4. Albert Almora Jr was 1-3 in the victory. Jose Quintana (7-6) picked up the much-needed win as he pitched 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 homers, and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.22. The Cubs would, nonetheless, lose game 1 of a 3-game home set versus the red-hot Reds on Friday night by a 3-2 score.
The San Francisco Giants were 11-2 home losers to the St. Louis Cardinals on 7-5-2018. The Cardinals cashed in on the money line (+108) while the over was the play in that the total was set at 7.5 runs for the contest. Luke Weaver (5-7) was the winning pitcher for the Cards as he pitched 8 solid innings while allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, 1 homer, and 7 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.92. Johnny Cueto (3-1), on the other hand, went 5 innings while allowing 5 runs on 10 hits, 2 homers, and only 2 strikeouts to get the loss in his return from injury. Gorkys Hernandez and Alen Hansen had a hit apiece for the Giants with Hansen having had 2 RBI’s in the loss. The Giants would go on to tie the 4-game home set with a slim, 3-2 win on Friday night at AT&T Park.
Chicago Cubs's Latest Performance :
The Cubs come into this game winners of 4 their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. Recently, the Cubs would go on to sweep a 3-game home set versus the Minnesota Twins on 7-1-2018 with an 11-10 victory in the finale while carrying this momentum into their next series as they would sweep the Detroit Tigers at home on 7-4-2018. They would fall in defeat to the Reds in game 1 of a 3-game set by a 3-2 score on 7-6-2018.
For the season, the Cubs are averaging 5.08 runs per game (4th) with a team batting average of .266 (2nd), 93 homers (20th) along with 40 stolen bases (16th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.55 (5th) with 712 strikeouts (22nd) with 34 quality starts on the season, good for 21st in the MLB.
Kris Bryant (.280 BA on 264 AB), Kyle Schwarber (.247 BA on 243 AB), and Javier Baez (.286 BA on 297 AB) have spearheaded the Cubs offensive attack this year. Wilson Contreras has also been critical to the scoring attack with a batting average of .280 on 268 at bats. Anthony Rizzo (.250 BA on 280 AB) and Jason Heyward (.288 BA on 243 AB) have also been pivotal to the Cubs’ success.
Jon Lester (11-2) has been solid this year pitching 100 innings while allowing 31 runs on 80 hits, 11 homer, 35 walks, and 79 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.25 while Kyle Hendricks (5-8) has pitched 97 innings while allowing 48 runs on 91 hits, 16 homers, 30 walks, and 72 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.27 for the season. Jose Quintana (6-6) has pitched 85.2 innings while allowing 44 runs on 81 hits, 12 homers, 40 walks, and 80 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.31.
San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :
The Giants come into this matchup losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. Recently, the Giants would go on to whip up on yet another NL West opponent, the Arizona Diamondbacks, at Chase Field to get the sweep in a 9-6 finale on 7-1-2018. The Giants, nonetheless, would be swept in a 3-game set versus the Rockies at Coors Field on 7-4-2018. They would tie their current 4-game home set versus the St. Louis Cardinals by winning by a 3-2 score on Friday night.
For the season, the Giants are averaging 4.06 runs per game (22nd) with a team batting average of .251 (9th), 88 homers (22nd) along with 35 stolen bases (22nd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.07 (16th) with 683 (24th) along with 38 quality starts (14th).
Brandon Belt (.289 BA on 266 AB) and Buster Posey (.290 BA on 269 AB) have been the most consistent hitters for the Giants this year. Andrew McCutchen (.258 BA on 322 AB) and Evan Longoria (.246 BA on 256 AB) has also been solid at the plate for San Francisco.
Chris Stratton (8-6, 96.2 IP, 57 R, 103 H, 11 HR, 36 BB, 70 SO, 4.93 ERA) has been the most consistent pitcher on the mound for the Giants this season.
How Chicago Cubs & San Francisco Giants Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Giants are 48-42 ATS while the O/U is 43-44-3. On the other hand, the Cubs are 46-39 ATS while the O/U is 37-46-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Series starters for the Giants have not been announced, however, Kyle Hendricks (5-8) will come to the hill for the Cubs looking to put in an all-around, solid performance, something that he has not done in quite some time. Hendricks received the no decision in his last outing when he pitched 5 innings while allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in a 5-3 home win versus the Detroit Tigers on 7-3-2018. The right-hander is credited with 4 runs per average in his last 4 games while the under has been the play in 4 of his last 6 games. The Cubs, overall, are 2-4 with Hendricks on the mound in his last 6 starts. In his last outing versus the Giants, the righty was remarkable in pitching 7 innings while allowing 1 run on only 2 hits, 1 homer, and 7 strikeouts in a 6-2 home win on 5-25-2018.
Brandon Belt (.5-10), Brandon Crawford (.375 BA on 8 AB), Andrew McCutchen (.227 BA on 22 AB), Joe Panik (.375 BA on 8 AB), Hunter Pence (.750 BA on 4 AB), Buster Posey (.214 BA on 14 AB), and Pablo Sandoval (1-2) have all feasted-on Hendricks in the past. Alen Hanson and Nick Hundley are a combined 0-5 against Hendricks in their careers.
Jose Quintana (7-6) will get the start for the Cubs in game 2 looking to build from his last outing where he pitched 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, 2 homers, and 4 strikeouts in a 5-2 home win versus the Detroit Tigers on 7-4-2018. He is credited with 15 earned runs in his last 6 appearances while the over has been the play in 4 of his last 6 starts. Overall, the Cubs are 4-2 in Quintana’s last 6 outings. In his last outing versus the Giants, Quintana was disastrous in pitching 4.1 innings while allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, 1 homer, and 6 strikeouts in a 5-4 home loss on 5-26-2018.
Austin Jackson (.333 BA on 24 AB), Andrew McCutchen (.444 BA on 9 AB), Nick Hundley (2-4), Gorkys Hernandez (1-3), and Joe Panik (1-5) have had experience and success against Quintana in recent matchups. Brandon Crawford (.167 BA on 6 AB), on the other hand, along with Hunter Pence (0-6) and Pablo Sandoval (.143 BA on 7 AB) have not fared nearly as well against the left-hander lifetime.
Against The Spread Selection: Game 1: Giants/
My reason for the pick :
With the success that the Giants have had against a shaky Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs, I would expect this trend to continue in the opener as the Giants have been struggling at the plate recently and will certainly be looking to face an opposing pitcher that they have maintained the upper hand against in the past. Hendricks has not won since the middle of last month due to his suspect pitching lately, and I see the Giants really taking advantage of his inconsistencies on Monday. In all, the Giants will certainly set the tone for the series with a huge game 1 victory over the Cubs.
While the Giants will win the opener, the Cubs will battle back in game 2 behind Jose Quintana to tie the series outright. While Austin Jackson and Andrew McCutchen have had success against the lefty, many in the lineup have struggled against him lifetime. With that being said, with the Cubs being 6-3 in Quintana’s last start combined with the fact that he will be looking to get his 2nd win in as many starts, Chicago will most certainly take back the momentum from game 1 and pick up a low-scoring win against the Giants on Tuesday in game 2.
Totals Selection: Game 3: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The Under has been the play in the Cubs last 3 matchups while it has been the result in 6 of the last 8 for the Giants. With the Giants averaging only 1.6 runs in their last 5 games compared to a Cubs pitching staff that has only surrendered 2.6 runs in their last 3 along with the Cubs only averaging 4 runs in their last 3 games, I can certainly see the finale being another low-scoring contest where the game will be won on great pitching throughout the duration. In all, expect not too many runs to be scored in this contest as both will be locked in to end the series on a winning note.
Betting trends for Chicago Cubs:
- Betting Trends for Chicago Cubs
- The Cubs are 2-6 in last 8 road games
- The Under is 6-2 in Cubs last 8 road games
- The Cubs are 9-6 in last 15 games
Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:
- Betting Trends for San Francisco Giants
- The Giants are 7-3 in last 10 home games
- The Under is 4-2 in Giants last 6 home games
- The Giants are 7-5 in last 12 games