The San Diego Padres will make a road trip to Wrigley Field to face the Chicago Cubs. This NL matchup will get underway at 2:20 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to NBC Sports Chicago to catch the game.
San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs Odds
The Padres have gone 42-65 SU this year and are 49-61 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 15.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 31.1 units ATS. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 61-44 SU and 56-51 ATS. The team has gained 1.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.4 units ATS.
Cubs games have had an over/under record of 51-55-1 in 2018. The Padres have an over/under record of 52-54-4.
Tyson Ross is getting the nod for San Diego. The right-handed Ross (6-8, 4.41 ERA) has recorded 105 strikeouts in 118.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Cubs this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.
The Cubs will send lefty Jose Quintana (9-7, 4.26 ERA) to the mound. Quintana has 95 strikeouts and 52 walks to his name, as well as a 1.42 WHIP. Quintana only made one start against the Padres in 2017 (0-0, 3.86 ERA and five strikeouts across seven innings).
As a unit, Chicago’s pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 4.12 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.22 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.
The Chicago hitters have put up 5.1 runs per contest, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .262/.331/.427 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.
The Cubs’ offense has been led by second baseman Javier Baez and outfielder Albert Almora Jr.. Baez is hitting .299/.333/.573 with 22 home runs, 83 RBIs, 67 runs and 19 stolen bases, and Almora Jr.’s line is .306/.342/.417 with four homers, 30 RBIs and 50 runs.
In the other dugout, San Diego’s pitchers have allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starters own a 5.06 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 7.58 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.61, along with a K-per-9 of 9.66.
Padres hitters have slashed .232/.297/.366 on their way to 3.7 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).
First baseman Eric Hosmer and shortstop Freddy Galvis continue to lead San Diego’s hitters. Hosmer is slashing .246/.311/.382 with 10 home runs, 42 RBIs and 44 runs scored, while Galvis is slashing .240/.297/.341 with five homers, 40 RBIs and 34 runs scored.
The Padres have lost 11.2 units and are 10-23 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 18 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve gone under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 7.2 units and are 41-41 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 40 of those games, compared to 41 that’ve gone under.
San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Padres, O/U – OVER