San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/25/14
Chicago Cubs (17-29) at San Diego Padres (22-27)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Jason Hammel (R) (5-2) (2.915) vs. Ian Kennedy (R) (2-6) (3.794)
The Line: San Diego Padres -131 / Chicago Cubs +121 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-San Diego, WGN (America)
The Chicago Cubs conclude their visit to Petco Park when they battle the San Diego Padres Sunday.
The Cubs aren't the type of team that will win eight games in a row but despite their poor record they do get hot like every team and right now Chicago is hot as they get. The Cubbies have won five of seven following a 3-2 decision over San Diego on the road Saturday. Starter Travis Wood made a little support go a long way with the two runs allowed on three hits in 7.1 frames. The bats made the most of six hits and four walks with Luis Valbuena leaving the yard while Nate Scheirholz and Wood also drove in runs. The Cubs are scheduled to send Jason Hamel to the hill in the final game of the series at San Diego. Hamel looks to continue his hot start that has seen him log a 5-2 record and 2.91 ERA in nine starts.
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The Padres are most likely not going to win the National League West so the next best thing is reaching the .500 mark. That goal has gotten a little further away after Saturday's defeat at the hands of the visiting Cubs saddled the team with losses in five of six. San Diego never got going at the plate and fill in starter Billy Buckner couldn't keep the Chicago offense completely shutdown. Buckner was charged with all three runs on six hits and four free passes in 5.2 frames and the Padres three hits fell short on the scoreboard with the highlight being a Carlos Quentin solo jack. Ian Kennedy toes the rubber in the series finale' with the visiting Cubs. Kennedy has struggled in his last two outings with nine runs plated on 17 hits and a trio of BB in 12.2 innings.
This won't be repeated often but the Cubs are the hotter team and Hamel is throwing well. Neither will last but I'll take the hotter team and hope the run continues...