San Diego Padres (43-68) at Chicago Cubs (62-46)
|Date & Time||Friday August 3, 2018, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs -210 / San Diego Padres +194 --- Over/Under:
The San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs meet Friday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The San Diego Padres have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time in the second half of the season. The Padres have allowed nine runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The San Diego Padres have lost nine straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 104 hits and 43 RBI while Freddy Galvis and Jose Pirela have combined for 187 hits and 68 RBI. Tyson Ross gets the ball, and he is 6-8 with a 4.41 ERA and 105 strikeouts this season. Ross is 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs could use a win here after losing six of their last 10 games. The Cubs have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Chicago Cubs have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 118 hits and 83 RBI while Albert Almora Jr. and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 191 hits and 100 RBI. Jose Quintana gets the ball, and he is 9-7 with a 4.26 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. This will be Quintana’s second career game against the Padres.
The Padres are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 0-5 in their last 5 Friday games and 1-4 in Ross' last 5 starts. The Cubs are 13-5 in their last 18 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in Quintanas last 5 Friday starts and 4-1 in Quintanas last 5 starts. The Padres are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago.
The San Diego Padres haven't been able to win back-to-back games in forever and Ross has allowed four or more runs in three of his last five starts. Quintana has been improved in his last several starts, allowing two or less runs in seven of his last 10 games. So, while Quintana has been awful at Wrigley, which includes an ERA over five, he's been much better overall than his numbers show. So, I'll take the Cubs and the RL to give this wager actual value.