Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs finish off their four game series at Wrigley Field on Thursday. The Giants are -130 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Chicago Cubs will have a chance to even the series on Thursday afternoon as they managed to rally in the bottom of the ninth for the winning run and for their first win in this series. Blake DeWitt had two hits and drove in a run, Aramis Ramirez had a hit and drove in the game winner, and Carlos Pena scored a run as the Cubs had eight hits that they turned into two runs which were enough to get the win in a pitcher’s duel. Ryan Dempster allowed three hits and a run while striking out six over eight innings of work to get a no decision as Carlos Marmol allowed the tying run in the ninth inning to get the blown save but he also earned his second win of the year. For Thursday’s series finale Chicago starts Carlos Zambrano who allowed just two runs in his last start but didn’t get a decision. For the season Zambrano has allowed 109 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 74 in 111 innings of work.
The San Francisco Giants’ bats were silent on Wednesday and though they tied the game in the ninth inning they squandered a big chance by not getting any more runs after loading the bases with one out. Emmanuel Burris had a hit and drove in the lone Giants’ run, Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff, Nick Schierholtz, and Pablo Sandoval all had hits as part of a five hit one run night. Tim Lincecum was dazzling allowing five hits and run while striking out nine over seven innings including stranding a runner at third after getting their with no outs but he didn’t figure in the decision as it was Sergio Romo who gave up the winning hit and run. For Thursday’s game San Francisco goes with Matt Cain who has won his last four decisions. For the season Cain has allowed 90 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 89 over 106.1 innings of work.
Chicago is 2-4 in their last six home games, 1-4 in their last five games against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 in Zambrano’s last six starts. San Francisco is 7-1 in their last eight games overall, 4-1 in their last five games against a team with a losing record, and 9-4 in Cain’s last 13 road starts. Chicago is 7-3 in Zambrano’s last 10 starts against San Francisco.
Zambrano has struggled a bit and Cain has been one tough customer again this year and I have to give the edge to the defending World Series Champions. I’m taking the Giants minus the 130.
San Francisco -130 Chicago Cubs