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Padres vs. Cubs - 8/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (80-45) at San Diego Padres (53-73)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm (PETCO Park)

K Hendricks (11-7) (2.10) vs. P Clemens (2-2) (4.82)

The Line: San Diego Padres +207 / Chicago Cubs -225 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN/FSSD

The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the San Diego Padres Wednesday afternoon.

The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Cubs have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 13 straight games. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to crush, and they’ve won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 142 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 87 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 14 home runs. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he’s 11-7 with a 2.16 ERA and 127 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

Padres vs. Cubs - 8/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Diego Padres could use a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Padres have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The San Diego Padres have an ERA of 4.52 and have lost eight of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Wil Myers leads San Diego with 125 hits, Alexei Ramirez has 41 RBI and Yangervis Solarte has 13 home runs. Paul Clemens takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 4.82 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Clemens is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 3 of a series and 8-3 in Hendricks' last 11 starts. The Padres are 21-48 in their last 69 during game 3 of a series and 4-11 in their last 15 vs. National League Central. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in San Diego.

The Cubs continue to rake and win games at record pace, while the Padres continue to get crushed and are now 20 games below a .500 record. There's just no reason to bet against the Cubs at this point. Give me Chicago for the sweep. 

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