San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/26/14
Chicago Cubs (18-29) at San Francisco Giants (31-18)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm (AT&T Park)
Jeff Samardzija (R) (0-4) (1.456) vs. Matt Cain (R) (1-3) (4.050)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -124 / Chicago Cubs +114 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, CSN-BA
For the first time this season, the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants will take the field against one another for a three-game series.
The Cubs have actually won five of their last eight games and have look like a respectable team despite sitting at the bottom of the NL Central. Of course, much of the Cubs problems remain on the offensive side, as they’ve scored three or less runs in four of their last five games. Anthony Rizzo is hitless in his last three games and Welington Castillo has struck out 10 times in his last six games. Jeff Samardzija still looks for his first win, as he’s 0-4 with a 1.46 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 68 innings. Samardzija is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in seven career games against the Giants.
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The Giants have won seven of their last 10 games and are 14 games above a .500 record. The Giants pitching staff continues to dominate, as they’ve allowed two or less runs in five straight games and have the third best ERA in baseball. The Giants are 23-5 when scoring four or more runs, and Pablo Sandoval has homered four times in his last seven games. Getting the nod is Yusmeiro Petit, who is 3-1 with a 4.76 ERA and has 33 strikeouts in 34 innings. Petit is 2-1 with a 5.23 ERA in six career games against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 6-20 in Samardzija's last 26 starts and 1-6 in Samardzija's last 7 road starts. The Giants are 4-0 in Petit's last 4 starts with 4 days of rest and 8-2 in Petit's last 10 starts overall.
Getting Samardzija at plus money is great value and may be worth a look, but the bottom line is that the Cubs don't score to help their solid pitching out. You have to go with the Giants at home if you're going to wager on this matchup.