San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick 08/21/19

Date | AuthorBTB Staff

Last Updated: 2019-08-21

The San Francisco Giants will be taking on the Chicago Cubs. The game gets underway 8:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will be televising this NL showdown.

San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs Odds

The Giants have gone 63-63 SU this year and are 65-60 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 14.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline, despite having lost 10.8 units ATS. San Francisco has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 67-58 SU and 59-65 ATS. The team has lost 4.9 units for moneyline bettors and 5.8 units ATS. Chicago has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Chicago games have a 57-58-9 over/under record in 2019. Giants games have gone over 61 times, gone under 57 times and pushed on seven occasions.

Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez is the projected starter for the visiting Giants. Rodriguez (5-6, 4.79 ERA) has racked up 46 strikeouts in 71.1 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 Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.21 ERA, 1.16 WHIP), who has 168 strikeouts and 51 walks this season. Darvish is 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 6.00 ERA in one start against San Francisco this year.

San Francisco’s pitching staff allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starters own a 4.79 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.26 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.90, along with a WHIP of 1.36.

Giants hitters have slashed .242/.309/.404 on their way to 4.4 runs scored per game this year, including 5.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

San Francisco’s offensive production has been powered by Kevin Pillar and Brandon Belt. Pillar is hitting .268/.298/.464 with 18 home runs, 68 RBIs and 66 runs scored. Belt (.228/.342/.387) is up to 14 homers, 48 RBIs and 62 runs scored.

For the home team, Chicago’s pitching staff has given up 4.3 runs per game overall in 2019. The club’s starting pitching staff has a 4.00 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.13 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

Chicago’s hitters are putting up 4.9 runs per outing, including 3.3 per game over its last 10 games and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .224/.328/.460 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Cubs’ hitters have been led by shortstop Javier Baez and third baseman Kris Bryant. Baez is slashing .285/.315/.541 with 28 home runs, 81 RBIs, 84 runs and 10 stolen bases, and Bryant’s line is .286/.385/.529 with 25 homers, 61 RBIs and 89 runs.

The Giants have gained 13.3 units and are 49-40 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 44 of those games, compared to 39 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Cubs have netted 2.1 units and are 48-48 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 45 of those games, compared to 44 that went under the total.

San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Giants, O/U – OVER

Notes

Betting Trends

Both teams have recorded 18 extra-base hits over their last five games.

Chicago has posted 16.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 18.6 over its last five.

The Giants have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.

The Giants have a total OPS of .713 this season and an OPS of .714 against right-handed pitchers. The Cubs’ OPS sits at .785 overall and .801 against righties.

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