San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs Free Preview

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The Chicago Cubs are playing host to the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. This NL showdown will begin at 2:20 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will be televising the game.

San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs Odds

The Padres are 43-68 SU and have gone 50-61 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 13.8 units for moneyline bettors and 30.1 units ATS. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 62-46 SU and 56-52 ATS. They’ve lost 0.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 4.4 units ATS.

Cubs games have an over/under record of 51-56-1 in 2018. Padres games have gone under 55 times, gone over 52 times and pushed on four occasions.

The southpaw Joey Lucchesi is the probable starter for the visiting Padres. Lucchesi is 5-6 with a 3.74 ERA and 78 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cubs this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Cubs are putting the ball in the right hand of Kyle Hendricks (7-9, 3.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP), who’s got 103 punchouts and 34 walks this season. Hendricks is 1-0 with three strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA in one start against San Diego this year.

As a unit, Chicago’s pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starting pitching staff has a 4.11 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.28 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.7 K/9.

The Chicago hitters are putting up 5.0 runs per contest, including 3.4 per game over its last 10 games and 4.2 per game over their last five. The teams hit .260/.342/.420 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Javier Baez has helped lead the Cubs offense this season with 22 home runs, 83 RBIs, 67 runs and 19 stolen bases.

In the visiting dugout, San Diego’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starters own a 5.06 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 7.49 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.50, along with a WHIP of 1.47.

The Padres offense has slashed .232/.297/.365 on its way to 3.7 runs scored per game this year, including 3.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.8 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Eric Hosmer has led San Diego’s offense. Hosmer is hitting .252/.320/.386 with 10 home runs, 44 RBIs and 47 runs scored.

The Padres just took the previous game in the series by a final score of six runs to one.

San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in three of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • The Padres have hit six home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit 10 over their last 10.
  • Chicago has posted 19.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.8 over its last five.