Chicago Cubs (52-37) vs San Diego Padres (40-54)Date : 07/13/2018
Time : 10:10 pm EST
Location : PetCo Park, San Diego, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Chicago Cubs vs San Diego Padres
Game 1 of a 3-game home set versus the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres will take place at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on Friday night beginning at 10:10 pm EST. The Cubs remain in 2nd place within the NL Central while the Padres remain in last place within their respective division, the NL West. In their last outing, the Cubs suffered a 2-1 road loss to the San Francisco Giants on 7-9-2018. San Fran cashed in on the money line as small favorites (-119) while the under was the play as the total was set at 8 runs for the game. Kyle Hendricks suffered the no decision despite going 8 innings and allowing 1 run on only 5 hits and 8 strikeouts for an ERA of 3.93 while Andrew Suarez also did not receive a decision as he pitched 6 innings while allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.75. The powerful and dangerous Cubs lineup was held to 4 runs for the night with Addison Russel going 1-5 with an RBI. Albert Almora Jr was 1-5 in the loss. Pablo Sandoval was 2-5 with an RBI in the slim victory for the Giants. In game 2 of this series, the Cubs were able to even up the set with a slim 2-0 win on 7-10-2018.
The Padres were 8-2 home losers to their division foe the Los Angeles Dodgers on 7-9-2018 as the Dodgers would cash in on the money line as huge favorites (-260) while the over was the play with the total being set at 8 runs for the game. The Dodgers racked up 14 hits for the game with Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger each going 3-5 with a combined 2 RBI’s while Chris Taylor and Yasmani Grandal were each 2-5 with an RBI apiece. The Padres, on the other hand, could only muster 5 hits with Wil Myers going 2-4 with an RBI in the loss. Luis Perdomo (1-3) suffered the loss in this matchup as he pitched 7 innings while allowing 6 runs on 10 hits with an ERA of 7.09. Clayton Kershaw (3-4) picked up the much-needed win in pitching 6 innings while allowing no runs on only 2 hits and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.61. San Diego has lost 6 of its last 8 games. The Padres were able to tie the series in game 2 with a 4-1 win on 7-10-2018.
Chicago Cubs's Latest Performance :
The Cubs come into this game winners of 3 their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. Recently, the Cubs would sweep the Detroit Tigers at home on 7-4-2018, yet, would fall in defeat to the Reds in a 3-game set on 7-8-2018. They would go on to tie a 3-game road set against the Giants on 7-10-2018 by picking up the 2-0 win in game 2.
For the season, the Cubs are averaging 5.04 runs per game (4th) with a team batting average of .265 (2nd), 94 homers (21st) along with 42 stolen bases (17th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.53 (4th) with 742 strikeouts (22nd) with 36 quality starts on the season, good for 21st in the MLB.
Kris Bryant (.280 BA on 264 AB), Kyle Schwarber (.248 BA on 254 AB), and Javier Baez (.291 BA on 323 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 286 at bats. Anthony Rizzo (.240 BA on 300 AB) and Jason Heyward (.279 BA on 258 AB) have also been pivotal to the Cubs’ success.
Jon Lester (11-2) has been solid this year pitching 106.1 innings while allowing 35 runs on 86 hits, 12 homer, 38 walks, and 81 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.45 while Kyle Hendricks (5-8) has pitched 105.1 innings while allowing 49 runs on 96 hits, 16 homers, 31 walks, and 80 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.93 for the season. Jose Quintana (8-6) has pitched 97.2 innings while allowing 46 runs on 89 hits, 14 homers, 45 walks, and 87 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.96.
San Diego Padres's Latest Performance :
The Padres come into this matchup losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U has been 2-3. The Padres would recently be swept in a 2-game road set versus the resurgent Oakland Athletics on 7-4-2018 while following this up with a 4-game series tie at Chase Field versus the Arizona Diamondbacks on 7-8-2018. Of course, the win against the Dodgers in game 2 was their 2nd win in 3 outings.
For the season, San Diego averages 3.69 runs per game (28th) with a team batting average of .232 (27th), 81 homers (26th) and 54 stolen bases on the year (7th). Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 4.25 (18th) with 788 strikeouts (14th) and 31 quality starts thus far (26th).
Jose Pirela (.261 BA on 329 AB), Eric Hosmer (.256 BA on 348 AB), and Freddy Galvis (.234 BA on 337 AB) have been the few bright spots for this San Diego squad.
Tyson Ross (5-7) has pitched 102 innings while allowing 50 runs on 92 hits, 14 homers, 40 walks, and 92 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.41 has also been solid at the mound. Clayton Richard (7-8) has been improving for the Padres this season and has pitched 118 innings while allowing 61 runs on 110 hits, 11 homers, 42 walks, and 88 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.50.
How Chicago Cubs & San Diego Padres Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Cubs are 48-41 ATS while the O/U is 39-48-2. On the other hand, the Padres are 44-50 ATS while the O/U is 42-49-3.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
While neither of the pitchers have been assigned for this 3-game series, it would be important to note that the Cubs have lost 4 of the last 6 games against the Padres while they have also not played well at Petco Park recently with the Padres getting the sweep in their last outing in San Diego. The Cubs, overall, have won 10 of their last 13 games and would love nothing more than to go into Petco and pick up 3 additional wins which could allow them of achieving their goal of overtaking the Brewers at some point for the top spot within the NL Central. Nonetheless, the Padres have been stingy in the run department in their last 3 wins (2.3 runs/gm), however, overall, the Padres are giving up 7 runs per game in their last 5 outings. The Cubs offense has struggled lately as the under has been the play for the team in 5 of their last 7, yet, one would have to think that they are licking their chops to oppose the staff for San Diego. On the other hand, the Padres are averaging 3.2 runs per game in their last 5 matchups while the Cubs pitching has only surrendered 17 runs in their last 5. It will be interesting to see how truly focused these two teams will be in ensuring that they conclude the first half of the season on a positive and winning note.
Against The Spread Selection: Games 1, 2, & 3: Chicago Cubs
My reason for the pick :
I only see the Cubs participating in this contest as they certainly have many things to play for. (1) They must continue to play well in which to keep pressure on the division’s top team, (2) they are looking for even more positive momentum after slipping up against fellow NL Central foe, Cincinnati Reds, twice in the past few weeks and really need to atone for those losses before the break, and (3) Chicago really needs to use matchups such as this as a time where they can hone in on their skills both at the plate and at the mound to become even more effective at their craft. The struggles that they have experienced recently is certainly not due to a lack of talent, but, a failure to focus intently on ensuring that they are constantly in reminder of utilizing basic and fundamental approaches as they prepare for each matchup. I will back the Cubs to get the sweep in this contest as I certainly believe that they have had the most productive first half of the two teams and will perform above average to finish the half up strong.
Betting trends for Chicago Cubs:
- Betting Trends for Chicago Cubs
- The Cubs are 2-7 in last 9 road games
- The Cubs are 8-2 in last 10 games
- The Under is 8-1 in Cubs last 9 road games
Betting trends for San Diego Padres:
- Betting Trends for San Diego Padres
- The Padres are 1-7 in last 8 home games
- The Padres are 3-8 in last 11 games
- The Under is 9-3 in Padres last 12 home games