Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 2:40 PM (Petco Park)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -140 / San Diego Padres +118 -- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres meet Thursday in MLB action at Petco Park.
The Chicago Cubs need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Cubs have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Chicago Cubs have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 149 hits and 85 RBI while Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 277 hits and 155 RBI. Yu Darvish gets the ball, and he is 5-6 with a 4.12 ERA and 190 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The Padres have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The San Diego Padres have won five of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 156 hits and 92 RBI while Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. have combined for 246 hits and 131 RBI. Dinelson Lamet gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA and 74 strikeouts this season. This will be Lamet’s second career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 35-16 in their last 52 during game 4 of a series, 57-23 in their last 81 Thursday games and 1-6 in Darvish's last 7 road starts. The Padres are 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games, 5-16 in Lamet's last 21 starts and 0-9 in Lamet's last 9 home starts. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Diego. The over is 5-2-1 in Lamet's last 8 starts overall. The under is 4-1 in Darvish's last 5 road starts.
Darvish has allowed 28 hits and 12 earned runs in his last 36.1 innings, and he has a 3.30 ERA and .203 allowed batting average on the road. Lamet has allowed 26 hits and 12 earned runs in his last 34 innings, and he has a 4.85 ERA and .253 allowed batting average at home. Lamet is the type of pitcher who can miss a lot of bats and keep the Padres in games, but Darvish has been at his best on the road this season and the Cubs need wins if they're going to taste the postseason. For a cheap price, give me the motivated team with the veteran pitcher.