Jon Lester (3-1, 1.57 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (24-6) go up against Cesar Vargas (0-1, 1.10 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (13-19) in the first of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs go into this series on a seven-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 10 and will air on WPWR and FSSD.
In his last start, Lester pitched 5.2 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out five and walking two in a 6-2 victory over the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo (.270, 26 Rs, 10 HRs, 28 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season Sunday, going 2 for 6. The Padres were unsuccessful the last time Vargas pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out three and walking three in a 2-0 loss to the Rockies. Matt Kemp (.279, 15 Rs, 8 HRs, 23 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Sunday.
The odds are Cubs -245 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Padres lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cubs are 3-2. The Padres are 3-6 in close games this season.
The Cubs are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Padres have a record of 6-14 when they are struck out that many times or more.
The Cubs are coming into the game with seven consecutive wins, while the Padres currently have a losing streak of two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 10-2. The Cubs have a 20-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Chicago ranks at the top of the league when it comes to runs with 184 this season. San Diego ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 116.
Chicago ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 156 this season. San Diego ranks near the bottom at 25th with 82.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 19-2. When the Padres hit at least one homer, they have a 10-4 record.