MLB Picks and Parlays: Chicago is Hoping a Trip to San Francisco is Just What the Doctor Ordered
Not too long ago Chicago Cubs was the hottest team (not named the LA Dodgers) in all of baseball. They went 14-3 to start their post-All Star break schedule and it helped them to climb all the way to 2.5 games up in the NL Central. They were down 5.5 to the Brewers at the break.
But they’ve now dropped four of their past five, losing the last two of their series to Arizona mid-week before losing two of three to Washington on the weekend. On Sunday it was a 9-4 loss that was far closer than the score indicates. It was a Cubs 4-1 lead in fact until the top of the seventh. The Nationals scored two in the seventh and five in the eighth to put this one away. Matt Wieters broke open the tie game with a grand slam for the win.
San Francisco Giants has the second worst record in the National League, but they are happy so far with how their August was been going. They’ve won back-to-back series for the first time since they won six in a row to end June and start July.
It began by taking two of their last three versus Oakland and continued by winning the last two against the Diamondbacks. On Sunday it was a 6-3 decision and a win for the much-maligned Jeff Samardzija. The Giants staked the Diamondbacks to a 1-0 first inning lead but then scored four straight and never looked back. Hunter Pence led the offense with a couple of hits and two RBIs.
Jake Arrieta (10-8, 3.88 ERA) is once again looking like the man who was one of the best pitchers in baseball the last two years. Arrieta has allowed nine earned runs (12 total) in his last six starts spanning 39 innings. The Cubs have split those games. Last time out they lost 3-0 to Arizona.
Matt Moore (3-11, 5.80 ERA) is another Giants veteran pitcher who has really struggled this year. Perhaps he’s showing some signs of progress as he’s managed to lower his ERA from 6.04 to the current level over his last four starts. But that still means he’s allowed 16 runs (13 earned) in for an ERA of 4.85.
- Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Chi Cubs is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
Chi Cubs is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- San Francisco is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
San Francisco is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 7 games
Cash It In: Chicago are -184 favorites in this one and San Fran +174 underdogs. Matt Moore against a stacked Cubs lineup with a growing chip on their shoulder is not a chance I’d be willing to take. Cubs 7-2.