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Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres - 7/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Saturday July 20, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)
Location
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago Cubs -125 / San Diego Padres +105
TV Channel
FS-San Diego
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The San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Saturday.

The San Diego Padres will look to rebound after dropping the series opener on Friday by a final score of 6-5. Manny Machado went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs while Josh Naylor added a pinch-hit home run. Francisco Mejia had a double and an RBI while Hunter Renfroe added an RBI as well to cap off San Diego’s scoring as a team in the loss. Eric Lauer had a double while Manuel Margot, Franmil Reyes and Eric Hosmer each contributed two hits. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Greg Garcia each added a base hit as well to finish off San Diego’s offense in defeat. Lauer gave up five runs on six hits while walking three and striking out seven over 4.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Craig Stammen took the loss, falling to 6-5 on the year. Joey Lucchesi will start game two and is 7-4 with a 3.92 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. This will be Lucchesi’s second career start against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to build on their series opening win over San Diego on Friday. Anthony Rizzo led the way with a home run and four RBis while Javier Baez added a solo home run of his own. Jason Heyward went 2 for 3 with a double while Albert Almora Jr. chipped in a base hit of his own to round out Chicago’s offense as a team in the win. Jon Lester allowed four runs on 12 hits while striking out six over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Pedro Strop got the win to improve to 2-3 on the year while Craig Kimbrel closed out the 9th for his 5th save of the season. Jose Quintana will start game two and is 7-7 with a 4.21 ERA and 88 strikeouts this season. In his career, Quintana is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 11 strikeouts against San Diego.

San Diego is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 8-20 in their last 28 Saturday games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. Chicago is 22-10 in Quintana’s last 32 home starts and 6-1 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 home games. San Diego is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

Quintana has had his ups and downs this season, but he’s won his last three starts and his teams have won 15 of his last 18 starts in the month of July, including a pair of victories in his current three start winning streak. Lucchesi has been good in his own right, but he’s not as good on the road, where his ERA sits at 5.79. There’s also the fact that these two teams are headed in completely different directions, with San Diego losing six of seven while the Cubs have won six of seven. The price is pretty good too all things considered, so I’ll lay the juice with the Cubs at home in this one.

Pick:
Chicago Cubs -125

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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