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 enter this series on a seven-game winning streak. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 9 and will air on CSCh and FSSD.
In his most recent outing, 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 yesterday, going 2 for 6. The Padres were unsuccessful the last time Vargas pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up 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 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cubs -260 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
In their last game, the Padres lost by a margin of one run. The Cubs are 3-2 in one-run games. The Padres have a 3-6 record in close games.
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.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 156 this season. San Diego ranks 24th with 82 walks.
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.