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Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants - 5/26/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (24-27) at Chicago Cubs (26-21)
Date & Time Saturday May 26, 2018, 7:15 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Chicago Cubs -192 / San Francisco Giants +180 --- Over/Under:
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Up at historic Wrigley Field on Saturday evening, we’ve got an MLB matchup as the San Francisco giants and the Chicago Cubs continue their series. 

In the Friday game, the Cubs put up four runs in the seventh on the way to a 6-2 win. 

For Saturday’s matchup, the Giants will be rolling out RHP Chris Stratton. In his 53.0 innings and 5-3 record this year, Stratton has a 4.92 ERA with 42 Ks and 24 BBs. 

Coming into this set, Brandon Belt led the way for the Giants on 53 hits, 28 runs, 11 homers and 29 RBI. On Friday, Belt had a hit and a run. 

Over on the Cubs’ side, they’re going with Jose Quintana on Saturday. Across 48.1 innings and a 5-3 record this year, Quintana has a 4.47 ERA with 45 Ks and 25 BBs. 

Javier Baez and Kris Bryant were tied for the Cubs’ hit lead with 47 apiece heading into this series. In the opener, Bryant had two hits and two RBI; Baez plated a run. 

The Giants are 1-4 in their last five in game two of a series and 7-2 in Stratton’s last nine starts. San Francisco is also 7-2 in Stratton’s last nine starts on grass and 5-2 in his last seven starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, the Cubs are 4-0 in Quintana’s last four starts with six days’ rest and 10-2 in his last 12 home starts. Chicago is also 4-1 in Quintana’s last five Saturday starts and 6-2 in his last eight starts overall. 

Stratton has been a bit choppy lately, with 12 earned over his last 14.2 innings over three starts. As for Quintana, he coughed up six earned in 4.2 innings versus the Braves but then bounced back with zero earned on one hit in 7.0 innings in Cincinnati. I like Quintana to keep it going here and help guide the Cubbies to a win.

Chicago Cubs -192

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