Chicago Cubs (33-26) vs. San Diego Padres (36-24)
June 7, 2021 10:10 pm EDT
The Line: San Diego Padres -120 / Chicago Cubs +110; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres meet Monday in MLB action from Petco Park. The Cubs are coming off a weekend series versus the Giants. After losses in the first three games, in the series finale Sunday Chicago staved off the sweep with a one-run victory. As for the Padres, they played the Mets over the weekend. San Diego won two of the first three games there, then on Sunday the Padres fell by four runs. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Chicago didn’t have much luck with the Giants over the weekend, posting losses 7-2 Thursday, 8-5 Friday and 4-3 Saturday. In the Sunday finale, the Cubs were down early but stormed back in a 4-3 win. Kyle Hendricks lasted 6.1 innings with three earned runs.
For the Monday starter job, the Cubs are sending out Adbert Alzolay. This year Alzolay is 4-4 with a 3.62 ERA and 58 strikeouts. Alzolay posted a win over the Padres at home in his last start.
Over on the Padres’ side, they managed wins 4-3 Thursday and 2-0 Friday before losing to the Mets 4-0 in game three. In the Sunday game, San Diego coughed up 10 hits in an eventual 6-2 defeat. Starter Chris Paddack put up 6.0 innings with six hits and three earned.
For the starter job in the Monday opener, the Padres are sending out Ryan Weathers. Over his 39.1 innings of work this year, Weathers has 27 hits, nine earned runs, five homers allowed, 12 walks, 29 strikeouts, one save and a 2.06 ERA.
The Cubs are 13-3 in their last 16 Monday games and 21-8 in their last 29 versus a lefty starter. Chicago is 38-17 in their last 55 in game one of a series and the over is 3-1-1 in their last five versus a lefty starter.
Meanwhile, the Padres are 6-2 in their last eight in game one of a series and 10-4 in their last 14 Monday games. The over is 6-1 in San Diego’s last seven in game one of a series and the over is 17-5-1 in the last 23 versus a team with a winning record.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Padres. Interestingly enough, Weathers is coming off his roughest appearance so far this year, and it was against the Cubs. On June 1 he gave up four earned on seven hits (two homers) in 5.0 innings. Outside of that, Weathers hasn’t given up more than two earned in an appearance this year—and he’s only given up two runs once. I like Weathers to have a better outing here with a positive outcome for the Padres.