Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants NLDS Game 1 - 10/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (88-75) at Chicago Cubs (103-58-1)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 7, 2016 at 9:15 pm (Wrigley Field)
() () vs. J Lester (19-5) (2.44)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -175 / San Francisco Giants +165 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants look to build on their wild card victory over the Mets as they head into Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs in game one of the NLDS.
The Giants continue their pursuit of yet another World Series title after they knocked off the New York Mets in the wild card round thanks to a dominant effort from Madison Bumgarner and a three run shot from Connor Gillaspie and now they take on the league’s best in the divisional round. The Giants were one of the best teams in the first half of the season and looked destined to claim yet another NL West crown, but a woeful second half had questions about whether they would even qualify for the postseason. However, the Giants did enough and after a masterful outing against the Mets that was culminated by a three run home run in the ninth inning it looks like this Giants side is in for another magical run in an even year season.
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The Cubs meanwhile were a force during the regular season and are the odds on favourites to win the World Series, but we have also heard that tale before and have been disappointed time and time again. However, this Cubs group looks different as they are young, talented, and deep across the board and have one of the best managers in the league and look poised to end their ridiculous World Series drought and a big outing from Jon Lester in this series opener would go a long way to helping that. Lester will match up with Johnny Cueto who has had a very good season with the Giants and is coming off a World Series crown with the Royals so we know he has the pedigree to win a championship.
The Giants are 5-0 in their last five overall, 19-7 in their last 26 road playoff games, and 35-16 in their last 51 playoff games overall while the Cubs are 13-3 in their last 16 series openers in which Lester starts, 18-5 in his last 23 home starts, and 44-18 in their last 63 overall. The Giants are playoff darlings and are getting so much value in this series, but I just think the Cubs are a little bit too much for them in this series opener.