In the first of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (53-71) and the Chicago Cubs (78-45) at Petco Park, Edwin Jackson (3-3, 5.36 ERA) and Jon Lester (13-4, 2.86 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 22 and will air on CSCh and FSSD.
In his last start, Jackson pitched 4.0 innings, allowing eight runs, striking out three and walking three in a 15-1 loss to the Rays. Yangervis Solarte (.285, 44 Rs, 13 HRs, 52 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Cubs were victorious over the Brewers 6-1 the last time Lester pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking two. Anthony Rizzo (.295, 75 Rs, 25 HRs, 87 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The Over/Under (O/U) for this game is set at eight runs and San Diego is a heavy +194 underdog. The Padres perform poorly as an underdog with a 39-64 record and have an overall money line of -25. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the underdog (2-6). They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking third in all of baseball with 102 steals.
Across the field, the Cubs have a nice record of 73-37 when they are favored and are +21 overall with the money line. The Cubs rank second in the NL in scoring, averaging 5.1 runs per game. Chicago is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.6 hits per contest. Chicago has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an NL-best 4.1 walks per game. Chicago's pitching staff and defense as a whole have been firing on all cylinders so far, averaging an NL-best 3.4 runs allowed per game. They have a WHIP of 1.121 on the year, the best in the league. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the NL with an average of 8.8 strikeouts per game.
In their previous three games this season, the Padres have a 2-1 record. The Padres will take on a left-hander (Lester) in this game and have a 15-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Cubs will be the right-hander Jackson. They sport a 52-32 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the 17th time this season.
The Padres are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Cubs have a 2-4 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 11-52. The Cubs have a 7-28 record when opponents outhit them.
San Diego ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 145 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 13th with 155.
Ranking 14th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.03 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.77.
Ranking 28th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.703). Chicago ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .781.
When the Cubs allow at least one home run, they are 41-37. When the Padres allow one or more homers, they have a 27-51 record.