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The San Francisco Giants will be squaring off against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. This NL matchup can be viewed across the country on Fox and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET.

San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs Odds

The Cubs are 26-21 SU and 20-26 ATS. The team has lost 6.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.8 units against the spread (ATS). Chicago has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Giants have gone 24-27 SU this year and are 29-21 ATS. Overall, the teams accumulated 1.6 units for moneyline bettors in the seasons early going and 5.5 units ATS. San Francisco has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Chicago games have an over/under record of 20-25-1 so far in 2018. San Francisco has an over/under record of 26-22-2.

Chris Stratton will get the start for San Francisco. The right-handed Stratton is 5-3 with a 4.92 ERA and 42 strikeouts. 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 (5-3, 4.47 ERA) to the mound. Quintana has 45 strikeouts and 25 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.47 WHIP. Quintana only made one start against the Giants in 2017 (0-1, 4.50 ERA and three strikeouts across six innings).

San Francisco’s pitching staff allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.63 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 6.90 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.25, along with a K-per-9 of 8.46.

Giants hitters have slashed .256/.318/.405 on their way to 4.0 runs scored per game this year, including 4.5 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

San Francisco’s hitters have been powered by first baseman Brandon Belt and shortstop Brandon Crawford. Belt is slashing .316/.413/.585 with 11 home runs, 29 RBIs and 29 runs scored, while Crawford (.306/.349/.465) is up to five homers, 21 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Belt didn’t do especially well against lefties last year, maintaining a slash line of .223/.313/.400 across 147 plate appearances (his overall season line was .241/.355/.469).

In the other dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 3.8 runs per game overall this season. The clubs starting pitching staff has a 3.70 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has recorded a solid ERA of just 2.83, a WHIP of 1.22 and a K/9 of 9.2.

The Chicago hitters are putting up 5.2 runs per contest, including 4.4 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .255/.359/.406 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez have led the Cubs offense so far. Bryant is hitting .301/.419/.564 with eight home runs, 26 RBIs and 29 runs scored, and Baez line is .263/.296/.553 with 11 homers, 38 RBIs, 29 runs and seven stolen bases.

The Giants have gained 7.0 units and are 14-6 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in 13 of those games, compared to seven that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 5.8 units and are 15-20 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 15 of those games, compared to 19 that went under the total.

San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The San Francisco defense has allowed four errors over its last five games, compared to zero errors for Chicago over its last five.
  • The Giants have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.