San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/22/14
Chicago Cubs (16-27) at San Diego Padres (21-25)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Jake Arrieta (R) (0-0) (2.701) vs. Eric Stults (L) (2-4) (4.499)
The Line: San Diego Padres -149 / Chicago Cubs +139 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-SD
The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres will begin a four-game series on Thursday night.
The Cubs are playing better baseball lately, winning three of their last four games, but they did blow a two-run lead in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees in a Wednesday loss. The Cubs pitching has improved, allowing four or less runs in five straight games, but it’s like pulling teeth for this team to score. Mike Olt does have five RBI in his last three games and Anthony Rizzo has reached base at least once in 10 straight games. Getting the nod Thursday will be Jake Arrieta, who is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and has 13 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. This will be Arrieta’s second career start against the Padres.
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The Padres have lost three straight and five of their last seven games overall. As has been the case all season the Padres simply can’t put runs on the board, as they’ve been held to three or less runs a total of 30 times this season. Seth Smith does have three homers in his last 10 games and Jedd Gyorko leads the Padres with 21 RBI, but he’s batting just .159 on the season. The Padres pitching staff does what it can like Eric Stults, who is 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA and has 21 strikeouts in 46 innings. Stults is 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 5-1 in Arrieta's last 6 starts as an underdog and 4-0 in Arrieta's last 4 starts following a team loss in their previous game. The Padres are 9-4 in Stults' last 13 starts as a favorite and 7-3 in Stults' last 10 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Cubs are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in San Diego.
Neither one of these teams can score runs and the under is 4-0 in Stults' last 4 starts vs. the Cubs. Give me the under.