Jon Lester (0-1, 7.84 ERA) and Andrew Cashner (0-2, 4.09 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (6-4) and the San Diego Padres (7-5) at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 7-6 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 19 and can be seen on FSN-SD, WGN and MLB Network.
Lester pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs and striking out four in a 7-6 defeat to the Reds. Anthony Rizzo (.281, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 SBs) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs and two stolen bases. Cashner is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA against the Cubs in his career. He is up against a below-average Chicago offense that's batting just .230. Justin Upton (.326, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Padres, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Chicago is a -122 favorite against San Diego and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is currently unavailable. The Cubs have an overall money line of +28 and a record as the favorite of 3-3. Chicago is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 12 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Cubs are the fourth-best team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.2 walks per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, San Diego has a 2-2 record and an overall money line of +249. The Padres are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the NL with 9.4 hits per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Padres are fifth in the NL with an average of 7.5 hits allowed per game. The Padres have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.7 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Cubs have a 5-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Cashner takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Under
In their last game, the Padres lost by a margin of one run. The Cubs are 3-2 in one-run games. The Padres also have a 3-2 record in close games.
The Cubs are 3-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Padres are 0-2 in such matchups.
The Padres are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Cubs have a record of 1-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 5-1. The Cubs have a 2-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 43 this season. San Diego ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 54.
Ranking 20th, San Diego is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 28 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with 41.
The Cubs are 5-1 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Padres are 4-3 when they hit at least one homer.