Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres - 5/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (13-19) at Chicago Cubs (24-6)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
C Vargas (0-1) (1.10) vs. J Lester (3-1) (1.58)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -235 / San Diego Padres +216 --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSD, WPWR
Tuesday evening, we’ve got MLB action coming between the San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs at historic Wrigley Field.
This was originally set to be game two of the early-week series, but Monday’s opener was postponed due to rain. Chicago and San Diego will make up that rainout in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 12:05 PM local time. As a result, Monday’s scheduled starting pitchers will be pushed back to the Tuesday game.
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The Padres will be giving us a look at Cesar Vargas for Tuesday’s matchup. Vargas has been pretty darn good over his three starts thus far, posting a 1.10 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and a 12:9 K:BB ratio for an 0-1 record in 16.1 innings. On Wednesday when we last saw him, Vargas took the tough-luck loss against the Rockies on one run and four hits in six innings.
The San Diego lineup has had its difficulties this year, but is pretty loaded on the top end. Jon Jay has been solid with 36 hits and 15 runs, while Will Myers has logged 36 hits and 17 runs. Matt Kemp is the major talent on the team; he’s posted eight homers and 23 RBI thus far.
Over on the Cubs’ side, we’ll be seeing left-hander Jon Lester making the start on Tuesday. Lester has been stellar this year over six starts and a 3-1 record, with a 1.58 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 40 innings of work. In his most recent appearance last Wednesday, Lester went 5.2 innings of shutout ball against the Pirates on eight hits and five strikeouts.
The Chicago offensive juggernaut has been pummeling opponents left and right this year. Dexter Fowler heads the charge with 36 hits and 24 runs. Kris Bryant has also been spectacular on 35 hits with 23 runs. Anthony Rizzo is earning All-Star status already with 30 hits, 26 runs, 10 homers and 28 RBI.
The Padres are 5-1 in their last six game ones of a series, but 2-5 in their last seven road games against a left-handed starter.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 26-7 in their last 33 game ones of a series, and 43-15 in their last 58 games overall.
I’ve been on the Cubs bandwagon all year long, and I’m not jumping off now. I don’t think Vargas (or most pitchers around the league) can stop the Chicago offense. Lester should be able to pitch well enough to take care of things on the San Diego end.