The San Francisco Giants will play host to the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park. This NL matchup will begin at 10:15 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will be showing the game.
Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants Odds
Oddsmakers have listed San Francisco (+110) as the underdog to Chicago (-120). The total stands at 7.5 runs and bettors can take the over for -115 and the under for -105. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds standing at +125 for the Cubs -1.5 runs and -145 for the Giants +1.5.
The Giants are 47-45 straight up (SU) and 50-41 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 7.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.3 units (ATS). San Francisco has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Cubs have gone 51-36 SU this year and are 44-42 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 0.5 units for moneyline gamblers, but have gained 3.4 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven.
Giants games have had an over/under record of 43-46-2 so far in 2018. Cubs games have gone under 47 times, gone over 38 times and pushed on one occasion.
Right-hander Kyle Hendricks will get the nod for the visiting Cubs. Hendricks is 5-8 with a 4.27 ERA and 72 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA against San Francisco this year.
The Giants are putting the ball in the left hand of Andrew Suarez (3-5, 3.92 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), who has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks this season. Suarez hasn’t faced the Cubs yet this year and did not pitch in the majors last season.
As a unit, San Francisco’s pitching staff has given up 4.4 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starting pitching staff has a 4.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.79 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 8.6 K/9.
The San Francisco offense is putting up 4.1 runs per outing, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 4.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .223/.275/.313 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.
Shortstop Brandon Crawford and right fielder Andrew McCutchen have led the Giants batters this year. Crawford is slashing .300/.365/.479 with 10 home runs, 39 RBIs and 40 runs scored, while McCutchen is batting .262 with nine homers, 39 RBIs and 47 runs scored.
In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starters own a 3.94 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 7.73 K/9. The bullpen has logged a solid ERA of just 3.11, along with a WHIP of 1.36 and a K/9 of 9.05.
Cubs hitters have slashed .268/.350/.429 on their way to 5.1 runs scored per game in 2018, including 7.7 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.2 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).
Second baseman Javier Baez and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. have paced Chicago’s hitters. Baez is slashing .295/.328/.565 with 17 home runs, 65 RBIs, 56 runs and 16 stolen bases. Almora Jr. is slashing .326/.365/.452 with four homers, 28 RBIs and 47 runs scored.
The Cubs have gained 6.3 units and are 11-8 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to 10 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Giants have netted 5.3 units and are 32-24 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 24 of those games, compared to 30 that’ve gone under.
Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Giants, ATS Winner – Giants, O/U – OVER
- Chicago has logged 17 extra-base hits over its last five outings. San Francisco has nine XBH over its last five.
- The Cubs have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Giants have hit seven over their last 10.
- The Chicago defense has allowed eight errors over the last 10 games, compared to three errors for San Francisco over its last 10.
- The Cubs have won eight of their last nine games SU.