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(78-45) Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres (53-71)
Date: Monday August 22, 2016
Time: 10:05 PM ET
Venue: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
Projected Pitchers: Jon Lester vs Edwin Jackson
MLB Moneyline Odds: Chicago -200
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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The Chicago Cubs continue their NL West roadtrip in San Diego as they take on the slumping Padres. The Padres have been one of the Senior Circuit’s worst clubs whereas the Cubbies have been one of the best.
With fewer than 40 games to go, Chicago is trying its best to secure home-field advantage throughout the postseason. and reeling off some wins against the Padres will help them accomplish that.
The Cubbies are cruising with a double-digit game lead in the NL Central and are the clear favorites to win the World Series.
The North Siders are the most well-rounded team in the majors, possessing both a top-three lineup and pitching staff.
The Cubs can do it all, from the bats of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to the arms of Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester.
Lester will toe the slab in the series opener against the Padres, and he’s been much better at home as opposed to on the road.
Lester’s road ERA of 3.88 is nearly two runs higher than his 2.01 mark at Wrigley Field.
Opposing batters are also hitting him for a .248 average on the road while he owns an impressive .191 BAA at home.
At 13-4, Lester is one of Chicago’s best pitchers, though anybody on their staff could really be considered a No. 1.
San Diego Padres
The Padres are just trying to stay ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks for fourth place in the NL West and have given up any hope for the rest of the year.
The Padres are coming off a thrashing of the Diamondbacks, so perhaps that will give them some incentive coming into this game. But the hitting has been non-existent all season, as the Padres’ .238 average ranks dead last in the majors.
The pitching hasn’t been much better either. Right now, San Diego ranks 24th in ERA and 23rd in WHIP.
The team picked up Edwin Jackson before the trade deadline for some reason as if he was supposed to make a difference.
He’s been terrible as usual, surrendering a combined 17 runs in three of his previous four starts.
Jackson is 3-3 with a 5.36 ERA this season.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
Cubs are 33-26 on the road.
Cubs are 41-25 in night games.
Cubs are 6-0 in Lester’s last six starts.
Jackson has a 5.21 ERA in August.
Padres are 3-3 in Jackson’s last six starts.
Free Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres MLB Prediction:
The Cubs should have no problem taking care of business against the lowly Padres. San Diego is 20 games under .500 and has been terrible in nearly every facet of the game. The caveat here is going to be with the total.
It’s easy to just take the Cubs to win, but there isn’t any value there. Lester hasn’t been as sharp on the road, and the Cubs’ bats are more than capable of scoring plenty of runs off the veteran Jackson.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cubs ML and Over 8
The Cubs will put up their share of runs against Jackson and Lester has been prone to giving up runs on the road.
The Over looks like a great play here.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 7-4
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