Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/20/14
San Francisco Giants (65-58) at Chicago Cubs (54-70)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Jake Peavy (R) (2-12) (4.570) vs. Edwin Jackson (R) (6-13) (5.677)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +117 / San Francisco Giants -127 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-BA, WCIU
The San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs play Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
The San Francisco Giants have lost six of their last nine games and are quickly losing ground in the NL wild card race. The issue for the Giants is an inconsistent offense that has produced three or less runs in five of their last nine games. The Giants are horrible offensively and have lost 13 straight when being held to three or less runs. Buster Posey has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and Michael Morse has nine hits in his last five games. The San Francisco Giants have an ERA of 3.40, which is seventh in the league. Jake Peavy takes the mound, and he’s 2-12 with a 4.57 ERA and has 115 strikeouts in 149.2 innings. Peavy is 7-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 15 career starts against the Cubs.
USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Cubs have split their last 10 games and are just trying to build for their future. The Cubs pitching staff continues to play well, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.75, which is the 17th best ERA in baseball, and they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has homered three times in his last seven games and Starlin Castro has a hit in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Edwin Jackson, who is 6-13 with a 5.74 ERA and has 121 strikeouts in 136.1 innings. Jackson is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in eight career games against the Giants.
The Giants are 15-6 in their last 21 vs. a team with a losing record and 3-10 in their last 13 vs. National League Central. The Cubs are 1-5 in Jacksons last 6 home starts and 18-38 in Jacksons last 56 starts overall.
The Giants continue to be an up-and-down team and Peavy hasn't exactly been his best this season. Jackson is more than capable of giving the Cubs a solid outing and with Chicago at home, I like the value of the plus money.