Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants - 9/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (73-62) at Chicago Cubs (87-48)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
J Cueto (14-5) (2.98) vs. J Lackey (9-7) (3.41)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -125 / San Francisco Giants +115 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants faceoff with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Sunday action.
The San Francisco Giants owned the best record in baseball at the break but have slowed since. The Giants avoided a three game skid as they edged the Cubs 3-2 Saturday behind strong work on the mound. SF starter Madison Bumgarner allowed both runs over six frames with ten strikeouts with five relievers putting up zeros. San Francisco managed four hits with Eduardo Nunez driving in a run while Angel Pagan, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik scored. San Francisco is slated to send Johnny Cueto to the hill to oppose the Cubs on Sunday. Cueto comes off of a 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks with all four runs scoring over 4.2 innings.
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The Chicago Cubs appear to be heading for the National League Central crown baring a complete collapse. The surging Cubs had won five in a row before the offense cooled off in Saturday’s defeat to visiting San Francisco. Cubbies starter Jake Arrieta fell to 16-5 with all three runs allowed (two earned) on four hits and a pair of BB through six innings. Chicago totaled seven hits and three walks with Arrieta and Javier Baez driving in runs while Baez and Ben Zobrist scored. Veteran John Lackey gets the ball Sunday afternoon against visiting San Francisco. On the season, Lackey has gone 9-7 in 24 starts with a 1.04 WHIP and 3.41 ERA in 158.1 frames.
The under is 6-2-1 in San Francisco’s last 9 overall and is 6-2-1 in their last 9 on grass while going 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games. The over is 9-3 in the Cubs last 12 Sunday games and Chicago are 38-14 in their last 52 home games while going 35-16 in their last 51 overall. This might be a terrible pick but Cueto as a dog against Lackey doesn’t seem right…