San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/24/14
Chicago Cubs (17-28) at San Diego Padres (21-27)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Travis Wood (L) (4-4) (4.609) vs. Donn Roach (R) (0-0) (12.000)
The Line: San Diego Padres -118 / Chicago Cubs +108 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSN-SD
The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres will play game three of four when they meet Saturday night at Petco Park.
The Cubs have won four of their last six games, but were absolutely rocked Friday night, losing 11-1. While the pitching staff gave the Cubs little chance, it’s their lack of offense that has been the story of the season. The Cubs are 3-23 this season when being held to three or less runs. The fact that they’ve been held to that total 26 times in 46 games is insane. Welington Castillo does have five RBI in as many games. Taking the mound Saturday is Travis Wood, who is 4-4 with a 4.61 ERA and has 51 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. Wood is 0-2 with a 4.05 ERA in five career starts against the Padres.
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The Padres snapped a four-game losing streak with the win on Friday and had an offensive explosion that included 12 hits. It was only the 13th time this season the Padres scored five or more runs. The Padres are dead last in runs scored, but does have a solid pitching rotation that has the third best ERA. Jedd Gyorko has three hits and an RBI in this series, while Seth Smith has three RBI in this series. Getting the ball is Donn Roach, who is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and has 13 strikeouts in 25 innings. This is Roach’s first career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 1-4 in Wood's last 5 starts as a road underdog and 4-1 in Wood's last 5 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Padres are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a home favorite and 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter.
Both of these teams are painfully bad offensively, which means the first team that scores three runs will probably win. When that's the case it's usually a toss up game, which means you should take the team that's getting the plus money. I'll take my chances with the Cubbies.