Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres
The Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres face off on Monday at Wrigley Field in game one of their series. The Cubs are -150 favorites over the Padres.
The Chicago Cubs are very much a rebuilding project and while they final product appears to be in the distance they have shown at least some signs of improvement this year. The Cubs are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 3-5 at home this season, and they are in last place in the NL Central 5.5 games behind the Pirates. As a team the Cubs are hitting .230 with Wellington Castillo hitting .375, Nate Schierholtz hiting .300, David DeJesus hitting .284, and Starlin Castro hitting .272. The Cubs opponents are hitting .224 and the Chicago pitching staff has an ERA of 3.29. For game one against the Padres the Cubs start Jeff Samardzjia who has pitched well but doesn’t have the record to show for it. For the season Samadzjia has allowed 26 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 39 over 32.2 innings of work for a 1-4 record and a 3.03 ERA.
The San Diego Padres are playing their best baseball of the season but because they played themselves into a hole in the early going the still have plenty of un-digging to do. The Padres have won four in a row, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 4-8 on the road this season and they are in last place in the NL West 5.5 games behind both the Diamondbacks and the Rockies. As a team the Padres are hitting .242 with Chris Denorfria hitting .319, Nick Hundley is hitting .314, and Yonder Alonso is hitting .279. The Padres opponents are hitting .261 with the San Diego pitching staff having an ERA of 4.40. For game one in Chicago the Padres start Clayton Richard who is still looking for his first win of the year. For the season Richard has allowed 23 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out nine over 17 innings for a 0-2 record and a 7.94 ERA.
Chicago s 8-3 in their last 11 home games against a left-handed starter, 5-13 in their last 18 home games, and 0-4 in Samardzjia’s last four starts. San Diego is 5-12 in their last 17 games as a road underdog, 4-10 in their last 14 game one of a series, and 1-4 in Richards’ last five starts as an underdog. San Diego is 1-5 in the last six meetings in Chicago.
The Cubs are a huge favorite here and I do like them to win.
Chicago Cubs -150 San Diego Padres