Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres - 5/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (13-18) at Chicago Cubs (24-6)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Cesar Vargas (0-1) (1.10) vs. J Lester (3-1) (1.58)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -265 / San Diego Padres +242 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to continue their torrid pace as they welcome the San Diego Padres to Wrigley on Tuesday.
The San Diego Padres look to send Cubs pitcher Jon Lester to his second loss of the season as they will counter with Cesar Vargas in what could be a potentially low scoring affair despite the offenses for each team being what they are. San Diego is 13-18 heading into Tuesday’s action while the Cubs are off to a 24-6 start and lead the league in wins as they are certainly living up to the hype surrounding them this season. The Padres though are miles behind the Cubs but still could very well threaten to make the playoffs in the NL West as no one in the division has stepped up in the early going as the Dodgers, Giants, and Diamondbacks have all had their issues.
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The Cubs have been very exciting to watch as they have one of the best rosters from top to bottom and a scary rotation led by Jake Arrieta and Lester and this year more than any in the last century looks like it could be the year the Cubs win a World Series. Chicago has a balance of power and speed as they have guys like Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, and Jason Heyward and while the latter hasn’t quite lived up to his worth at this point the rest of the team has picked up the slack. Lester will be out for his fourth win of the season and will look to lower his ERA down from a miniscule 1.58 as he takes on a light hitting Padres side at Wrigley.
The Padres are 8-3 in their last 11 Tuesday games, 2-7 in their last nine road games, and 2-5 in their last seven against a lefty on the road while the Cubs are a staggering 43-9 in their last 52 games against a starter with a WHIP above 1.30, 59-21 in their last 80 games against a righty, and 5-0 in Lester’s last five starts against a team with a losing record. The line on this one is very chalky so the only way to go is on the run line which should hit without any concern.