Padres vs Cubs Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/5

Padres vs Cubs Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/5

 

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MLB Prediction: Cubs vs. Padres

On June 5, 2023, the Chicago Cubs will face off against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The Cubs beat the Padres 7-1 on Sunday but the Padres lead the series 2-1. 

 

Pitching Matchup

The pitching matchup in this game features Kyle Hendricks taking the mound for the Cubs and Blake Snell starting for the Padres. Hendricks has been a consistent presence in the Cubs' rotation and has a career ERA of 3.64. Although he has struggled at times this season, he has shown the ability to keep opponents' scoring in check. Snell, on the other hand, has had an up-and-down season, but he possesses the talent to dominate opposing hitters. Both pitchers have the potential to stifle the opposing offenses and contribute to a low-scoring game.

 

Hitting Analysis

When analyzing the hitting performances of these teams, it becomes evident that they have struggled to produce runs consistently. The Cubs have a team batting average of .249, while the Padres are hitting .222. Both lineups have faced challenges in generating offense, which further supports the potential for a low-scoring game.

 

Injury Report

The Cubs have no injured players listed on their injury report, indicating that they will have their full lineup available for this game. The Padres, however, have a few key players dealing with injuries, including catcher Luis Campusano and designated hitter Nelson Cruz. These injuries could impact the Padres' offensive production and contribute to a lower-scoring game.

 

Recent Trends

One of the most compelling reasons to bet on the under of 8.5 runs in this game is the recent trend of low-scoring games at Petco Park. In the last seven home games for the Padres, the under has cashed, indicating a strong likelihood of a low-scoring contest. Petco Park is known for its spacious outfield and favorable pitching conditions, making it difficult for teams to generate runs. The combination of these factors suggests that the under is a solid bet for this matchup.

 

Prediction

Considering the struggles of both teams' offenses, the pitching matchup, and the recent trend of low-scoring games at Petco Park, the best bet for this game is the under of 8.5 runs. Expect a tight, defensive battle with runs at a premium. Both Hendricks and Snell are capable of shutting down opposing lineups, and the Padres' recent trend of low-scoring games at home further supports this prediction.

 

Pick: Under 8.5 runs

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