Cubs vs. Giants - 9/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (72-60) at Chicago Cubs (84-47)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
J Samardzija (11-9) (4.00) vs. Mike Montgomery (4-5) (2.60)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -155 / San Francisco Giants +145 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs begin a four-game series Thursday on the MLB Network.
The San Francisco Giants look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Giants have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The San Francisco Giants offense continues to produce, and they’ve won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Denard Span leads San Francisco with 133 hits, Brandon Crawford has 77 RBI and Buster Posey has 12 home runs. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball, and he’s 11-9 with a 4.00 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. This will be Samardzija’s second career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Cubs have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Chicago Cubs offense crushes nightly it seems like, and they’ve won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 153 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 93 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 14 home runs. Mike Montgomery takes the hill, and he’s 4-5 with a 2.60 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. This will be Montgomery’s second career game against the Giants.
The Giants are 3-11 in their last 14 during game 1 of a series and 2-6 in Samardzijas last 8 starts. The Cubs are 48-18 in their last 66 during game 1 of a series and 93-40 in their last 133 games following a win. The Giants are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago.
The Giants have been a complete mess in the second half of the season and haven't shown consistent signs of changing that fact. Meanwhile, the Cubs continue to find ways to win and despite having the best record in baseball, they continue to play like they're chasing something.
Have to keep siding with the Cubs.