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San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/15/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (54-38) at San Diego Padres (40-58)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 4:10 pm (PETCO Park)

J Lester (11-2) (2.45) vs. Eric Lauer (5-5) (4.40)

The Line: San Diego Padres +157 / Chicago Cubs -167 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN, FSSD

The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres meet Sunday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Chicago Cubs look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Cubs have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Chicago Cubs have won nine of their last 11 games when scoring more than one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 99 hits and 71 RBI while Albert Almora Jr. and Willson Contreras have combined for 168 hits and 62 RBI. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he is 11-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. Lester is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

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San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/15/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Diego Padres could use a win here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Padres have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 12 of their last 13 games. The San Diego Padres have lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 90 hits and 41 RBI while Jose Pirela and Freddy Galvis have combined for 168 hits and 59 RBI. Eric Lauer gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 4.40 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. This will be Lauer’s first career game against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 7-3 in their last 10 games following a win, 50-21 in Lesters last 71 starts and 5-0 in Lesters last 5 road starts. The Padres are 25-57 in their last 82 Sunday games, 0-6 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 6-13 in their last 19 games following a loss. The Cubs are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in San Diego, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Cubs are on fire offensively and now throw a pitcher in Lester on the hill, who has allowed two or less runs in seven of his last 10 starts. The Cubs have also won eight straight games when Lester pitches. The San Diego Padres have been a team all season lng that continues to find ways to lose, and they simply don't have the offensive horses to hang with the Cubs right now. Lauer is also a pitcher who may be great lately in terms of keeping runs off the board, but he's allowing a .305 batting average on the season. That's something I don't want to see when going up against these Cubbies in their current form.

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