Padres vs. Cubs - 5/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (21-16) at San Diego Padres (19-20)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
J Hammel (3-1) (3.11) vs. J Shields (5-0) (3.91)
The Line: San Diego Padres / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SD, WGN
The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres begin a three-game series Tuesday night.
The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Cubs have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Cubs have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 45 hits and 23 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 46 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have lost five of their last seven games on the road. Jason Hammel gets the ball, and he’s 3-1 with a 3.11 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 4-3 with a 5.06 ERA and 64 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
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The San Diego Padres need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Padres have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Padres have lost four straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Matt Kemp leads San Diego with 42 hits and 22 RBI while Justin Upton and Derek Norris have combined for 50 RBI. The San Diego Padres have split their last six games on their home field. James Shields takes the hill, and he’s 5-0 with a 3.91 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. Shields is 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 11-5 in their last 16 games following an off day and 4-1 in Hammels last 5 road starts. The Padres are 4-9 in their last 13 vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2 in Shields' last 7 starts. The Cubs are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in San Diego and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
We have one of the hotter teams in the league in the Cubs against a slumpping Padres. I'm going with the Cubs until the Padres start to break out of their funk.