San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (59-52) at San Francisco Giants (44-70)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm (AT&T Park)
K Hendricks (4-4) (3.81) vs. M Bumgarner (1-5) (2.88)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -118 / Chicago Cubs +100 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants meet in the rubber match of a three game set on Wednesday.
The Chicago Cubs will look to bounce back after the Giants evened up the series at one win apiece thanks to a 6-3 loss in game two on Tuesday. Ian Happ went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs while Jon Jay accounted for the other Cubs’ RBI in the loss, going 0 for 4. Willson Contreras went 1 for 4 with a double while Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward and Javier Baez all added base hits of their own in the loss. Jose Quintana took the loss, falling to 6-10 this season after giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out three over six innings of work. Kyle Hendricks will get the start in the series finale and is 4-4 with a 3.81 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hendricks is 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA and 17 strikeouts against the Giants.
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The San Francisco Giants will look to take the series after getting the win in game two on Tuesday. Buster Posey led the way, going 2 for 4 with a three run home run while Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and starting pitcher Ty Blach all added RBIs on the board in the win. Nick Hundley went 1 for 3 with his 18th double of the year, while Gorkys Hernandez, Jarrett Parker and Pablo Sandoval added base knocks of their own in the win. Speaking of Blach, he gave up a air of runs on seven hits while striking out three over seven innings of work to improve to 8-7 this season with the win. Sam Dyson closed out the 9th, notching his 7th save of the year. Madison Bumgarner will start game three and is 1-5 with a 2.88 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bumgarner is 8-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 96 strikeouts against the Cubs.
Chicago is 13-4 in their last 17 road games and 9-3 in Hendricks' last 12 road starts while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 road games against a left-handed starter. San Francisco is 1-8 in Bumgarner's last 9 starts and 6-2 in their last 8 against the NL Central while the under is 5-2-1 in Bumgarner's last 8 starts. San Francisco is 5-0 in Bumgarner's last 5 starts against the Cubs.
Even though the Giants are still struggling, we are getting their ace at home for even money. Bumgarner's record isn't spectacular, but he's maintaining an ERA under three while all of this is going on. Not to mention that MadBum has owned the Cubbies as of late, with San Fran winning each of his last five starts against Chicago. Gotta take the Giants for the rare series win here on Wednesday.