Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/23/14
San Diego Padres (43-56) at Chicago Cubs (41-57)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Ian Kennedy (R) (7-9) (3.619) vs. Tsuyoshi Wada (L) (0-0) (0.000)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -105 / San Diego Padres -105 --- Over/Under: TBD See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSD, CSCh
The Cubs look to give the Wrigley faithful something to cheer about as they host the Padres for game two of a three game series.
The San Diego Padres traded Chase Headley to the Yankees on Tuesday and in the process formalized what we already knew which was the fact that management viewed the 2014 campaign as a lost cause. Getting blanked by the Cubs on Tuesday night was salt in the wound as San Diego fell 13 games below .500 with a miserable road record of 17-30. Eric Stults took his 12th loss of the year allowing three runs on six hits over five innings as the Padres bats once again failed to deliver scoring no runs on just five hits. The Padres will look to bounce back as they send bright spot Ian Kennedy to the mound on Tuesday night. Kennedy has benefited from the change in scenery after a rough year with Arizona last year as he enters this matchup with a WHIP of 1.21 and ERA of 3.62. While Kennedy’s last start against the Mets wasn’t sharp allowing four runs on six hits over five innings of work, July has been kind to the veteran right hander with an ERA of 2.08 over four starts.
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The Chicago Cubs are playing out a familiar script of delivering the lowest result to talent ratio in the league but on Tuesday night the north side fans had a reason to cheer in a 6-0 rout. Rookie Kyle Hendricks delivered seven strong innings of shutout ball to pick up the win and slugger Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs as the Cubs scored six times on 11 hits. Chicago’s sale of starting pitchers leaves them starting another unfamiliar face on Wednesday as 33 year old Japanese lefty Tsuyoshi Wada takes the mound for his second start of the year. Wada was very effective in his first start at Cincinnati allowing one unearned run on five hits over five innings of work. The Cubs are 17 games below .500 but have a chance of finishing the year with a winning home record as they sit at 20-22 at Wrigley on the year.
Flipping a coin or staying away seem like the best options in this game, but otherwise it’s a small lean to the home team that has fans to play for.