Padres vs. Cubs - 8/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (79-45) at San Diego Padres (53-72)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
J Arrieta (15-5) (2.75) vs. C Friedrich (4-9) (4.69)
The Line: San Diego Padres +212 / Chicago Cubs -230 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning 14 of their last 18 games. The Cubs have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 straight games. The Chicago Cubs offense keeps tearing the cover off the ball, and they’ve won 16 of their last 20 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 141 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 87 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 14 home runs. Jake Arrieta gets the nod, and he’s 15-5 with a 2.75 ERA and 152 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
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The San Diego Padres could use a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Padres have allowed eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The San Diego Padres have an ERA of 4.52 and have lost seven of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Wil Myers leads San Diego with 124 hits, Alexei Ramirez has 41 RBI and Yangervis Solarte has 13 home runs. Christian Friedrich takes the hill, and he’s 4-9 with a 4.69 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Friedrich is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and three strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 35-16 in their last 51 during game 2 of a series and 39-13 in Arrietas last 52 starts. The Padres are 7-24 in their last 31 Tuesday games and 2-7 in Friedrichs last 9 starts. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in San Diego.
These prices for the Cubs are getting downright insane. However, the Cubs bats continue to be red hot and Arrieta has allowed just eight runs in his last four starts combined. The Padres, well, they continue to be the Padres are get crushed nightly. So, the Cubs and the RL has to be the pick.