San Francisco Giants (91-50) vs. Chicago Cubs (65-77)
September 11, 2021 2:20 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Cubs +155 / San Francisco Giants -213; Over/Under: -
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The San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs meet Saturday in MLB action from Wrigley Field. This will be the second installment in a three-game weekend series. In the Friday opener, the Giants bagged a five-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
San Francisco managed a sweep over the Rockies this week, taking wins 10-5, 12-3 and 7-4. In the Friday opener versus the Cubs, the Giants scored four runs in the seventh inning on the way to a 6-1 victory. Starter Dominic Leone put up 2.0 clean innings with two Ks, no hits and no walks.
For the starter job in the Saturday game two, the Giants are sending out Kevin Gausman. Across his 164.0 innings this year Gausman has 116 hits, 53 runs (47 earned), 15 homers allowed, 48 walks, 192 Ks and a 2.58 ERA overall.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they played the Reds this week, taking two of the three games. In the Friday matchup, Chicago had just two team hits in the defeat. Kyle Hendricks had 6.0 frames with four hits, two walks, four Ks and one earned run.
Starting pitcher for the Saturday game will be the Cubs’ Zach Davies. In 139.2 innings of work this year Davies had 145 hits, 84 runs (80 earned), 23 homers allowed, 67 walks, 108 Ks and a 5.16 ERA.
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The Giants are 8-2 in their last 10 in game two of a series and 38-14 in their last 52 versus a team with a losing record. San Francisco is 36-15 in their last 51 road games and the over is 42-20-2 in their last 64 in game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series and the under is 5-1-1 in their last seven in game two of a series. The over is 15-5-2 in the Cubs’ last 22 at home versus a right-handed starter and the under is 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games.
PICK: I’m going to take the Giants in this one. Davies could use a lengthy start in this one; he’s been under 5.0 innings in each of his last three and also in five of his last seven. Davies is coming off six earned on eight hits and two homers in 4.0 innings his last time up as well. As for Gausman, he’s got three or fewer earned in each of his last eight appearances. I like Gausman to keep it rolling and put SF in a winning position here.