San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

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The San Diego Padres will be squaring off against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. WGN will showcase this NL matchup. The opening pitch is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. ET.

San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs Odds

The Cubs are 64-46 straight up (SU) and 56-53 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t strayed too far from expectations, gaining 0.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.3 units (ATS). Chicago has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Padres have gone 43-70 SU this year and are 51-61 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 14.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 29.1 units ATS. San Diego is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has cashed in three of those seven.

Chicago games have an over/under record of 51-56-2 in 2018. San Diego has an over/under record of 52-55-5.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game overall this year as a unit. The club’s starters have a 4.10 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.27 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.7 K/9.

Chicago’s hitters are putting up 5.0 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game over its last 10 games and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .284/.363/.473 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Second baseman Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo have paced the Cubs batters this year. Baez is slashing .299/.333/.577 with 23 home runs, 84 RBIs, 69 runs and 19 stolen bases, and Rizzo’s line is .264/.361/.450 with 17 homers, 73 RBIs and 47 runs.

For the visiting squad, San Diego’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starters own a 5.10 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 7.49 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.50, along with a K-per-9 of 9.60.

The Padres offense has slashed .232/.297/.365 on its way to 3.7 runs scored per game this year, including 3.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

San Diego’s offense has been powered by first baseman Eric Hosmer and shortstop Freddy Galvis. Hosmer is slashing .250/.319/.382 with 10 home runs, 44 RBIs and 48 runs scored, while Galvis is hitting .237/.293/.340 with five homers, 41 RBIs and 36 runs scored.

The Padres have lost 10.7 units and are 12-23 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 18 of those games, compared to 15 that’ve gone under against ies.

San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs Free Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • San Diego has recorded 15 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Chicago has 19 XBH over its last five.
  • The Padres have lost nine of their last 10 games SU.
  • Chicago has posted 21.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 24.0 over its last five.
  • The Padres have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit 13 over their last 10.