Last Updated: 2019-08-22
Javier Baez and the streaking Chicago Cubs are seeking their fifth win in a row when they play host to the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. The opening pitch is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. ET and WGN will be airing this NL matchup.
San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs Odds
The Giants have gone 63-64 SU this year and are 65-61 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 13.2 units for gamblers taking the moneyline, despite having lost 12.1 units ATS. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 68-58 SU and 60-65 ATS. They’ve lost 3.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 4.7 units ATS.
Cubs games have an over/under record of 57-59-9 in 2019. San Francisco has an over/under record of 61-58-7.
The right-handed Jeff Samardzija will get the nod for San Francisco. Samardzija (9-9, 3.54 ERA) has recorded 119 strikeouts in 139.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Cubs this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.
The Cubs are putting the ball in the right hand of Kyle Hendricks (8-9, 3.37 ERA, 1.13 WHIP), who’s got 115 strikeouts and 28 walks. Hendricks made two starts against the Giants in 2018, putting together a 1-0 record with a 0.59 ERA and 15 strikeouts.
As a unit, Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 4.4 runs per game overall in 2019. The team’s starters have an ERA of 4.04, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.8. The bullpen has a 4.18 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.
Chicago’s hitters have produced 5.0 runs per contest, including 4.3 per game over its last 10 games and 5.6 per game over their last five. The team has hit .252/.354/.485 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.
Javier Baez has helped lead the Cubs’ offense this year with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, 84 runs and 10 stolen bases.
For the visitors, San Francisco’s pitchers have allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starters own a 4.85 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.24 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.98, along with a WHIP of 1.36 and a K/9 of 8.85.
Giants hitters have slashed .242/.309/.407 on their way to 4.4 runs scored per game in 2019, including 6.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).
Kevin Pillar has led San Francisco’s hitters and is slashing .267/.297/.467 with 19 home runs, 69 RBIs and 67 runs scored.
The Cubs are looking for another victory after a 12-11 win in the prior game of this series.
San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Giants, O/U – OVER
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The over has hit in just two of Chicago’s last seven games.
The Giants have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games, including 13 over their last five.
The Giants have a team OPS of .717 this season and an OPS of .718 against right-handed pitchers. The Cubs’ OPS stands at .788 overall and .805 against righties.
The San Francisco defense has allowed two errors over the last 10 games, compared to nine errors for Chicago over its last 10.