Chicago Cubs (22-17) at San Diego Padres (20-21)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 21, 2015, 9:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Diego Padres -112 / Chicago Cubs +102 --- Over/Under: 7
CSN-Chicago, FS-San Diego
The San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs face off on Thursday at Petco Park as they close out their MLB series.
The San Diego Padres just can’t seem to get on a roll and they blew another chance to do so losing to the Cubs on Wednesday. Justin Upton hit a home run, Will Middlebrooks had two hits, and Derek Norris had a hit as the Padres scored two runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Tyson Ross allowed four hits and three runs while striking out eight over 7.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-4 for the season. For Thursday’s game the Padres start Ordisamer Despaigne who has allowed 32 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 12 over 29.1 innings for a 2-2 record and a 6.75 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs continue to keep pace with the Cardinals as they got the win on Wednesday in San Diego. Jorge Soler had two hits and Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant had hits as the Cubs scored three runs on five hits. Starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada allowed four hits and two runs while striking out nine over 4.2 innings to not get a decision as Justin Grimm got the win and Hector Rondon earned his ninth save. For Thursday’s game the Cubs start Kyle Hendricks who has allowed 40 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 30 over 36.2 innings for a 0-1 record and a 5.15 ERA.
San Diego is 1-4 as an underdog, 2-8 in Thursday games, and 5-1 in Despaigne’s last six home starts. Chicago is 5-1 as a favorite, 2-6 in game three of a series, and 1-4 in Hendrick’s last five starts. Chicago is 5-9 in the last 14 meetings of these two.
While Despaigne hasn’t been electric of late, I don’t see Hendricks doing any better and he also has a lower ceiling so the Padres are my pick here.