Giants vs. Cubs - 5/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (28-11) at San Francisco Giants (25-18)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
J Arrieta (7-0) (1.29) vs. J Peavy (1-4) (7.42)
The Line: San Francisco Giants +185 / Chicago Cubs -200 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Chicago Cubs could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Cubs have allowed 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 2.61 and have split their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 44 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 34 RBI and Kris Bryant has seven home runs. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he’s 7-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.
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The San Francisco Giants look to build on their impressive eight-game winning streak. The Giants have allowed three runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven straight games. The San Francisco Giants have an ERA of 3.82 and have won 10 of their last 12 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Hunter Pence leads San Francisco with 46 hits, Brandon Belt has 22 RBI and Brandon Crawford has six home runs. Jake Peavy takes the hill, and he’s 1-4 with a 7.43 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. Peavy is 9-6 with a 2.81 ERA and 109 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 28-8 in their last 36 during game 1 of a series and 40-11 in Arrietas last 51 starts. The Giants are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. National League Central and 2-5 in Peavys last 7 starts. The Cubs are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in San Francisco and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
I never bet against Arrieta, but we're getting a team that's won eight straight overall on their home field for nearly two times our money. Also, the Cubs have cooled off a bit with losses in five of their last eight games. I'll take my chances with the hot home team for big plus money.