San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 29 (7/29): MLB

San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 29 (7/29): MLB

Credit: photo by John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 10:15 p.m. EST
Giants money line -140
Giants run line -1.5 (+145)
Cubs money line +117
Cubs run line +1.5 (-170)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  San Francisco Giants Chicago Cubs
Record 49-50 40-58
Home / road record 27-22 20-26
Last 10 record 3-7 6-4
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 46-46-6 43-48-7
Runs / game 4.65 4.29
Runs allowed / game 4.36 4.97

 

Preview

The San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs will play the 2nd game of the series at the Oracle Park on Friday night. The Giants took the win 4-2 in the first game of the series. Alex Wood took a no-hitter into the seventh inning while Yermín Mercedes hit an early two-run single, and four Giants pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

San Francisco Giants

The Giants get here with a 49-50 record and have lost 6 of their last 7 games. The team is averaging 4.65 runs per game and they're batting for .236 AVG, 450 runs scored in 745 hits and 114 home runs, ranking #5 in offense in the league behind the Atlanta Braves. Joc Pederson leads the team with 17 home runs and 43 RBI. Thairo Estrada is batting for an average of .260.

Defensively they are allowing 4.36 runs per game and rank #18 in the league. Carlos Rodon leads the pitching staff with a 3.18 ERA, 148 strikeouts and 8 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher:

Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.26 ERA) will be on the mound for the Giants in the 2nd game of the series. Cobb pitched 5.2 innings in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six batters. He has allowed 1 run on 6 hits with 6 strikeouts in 6 innings versus the Cubs in his career.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs get here with a 40-58 record and have won 6 of their last 7 games. The team is averaging 4.27 runs per game. They're batting for .244 AVG, 386 runs scored in 761 hits and 88 home runs, ranking #20 in offense in the league behind the Tampa Bay Rays. Patrick Wisdom is leading the team with 17 home runs and 46 RBI while Wilson Contreras has the better batting average with .280.

Defensively they are allowing 4.97 runs per game and rank #27 in the league. Keegan Thompson leads the pitching staff with a 3.45 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded for the Cubs.

Probable Pitcher:  Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.38 ERA)

Gallen will be on the mound in the 3rd g-ame of the series for the Cubs. Stroman did not factor into the decision against the Phillies on Saturday, allowing one run on five hits while striking out five and walking two over six innings. He has a 0-1 record with an ERA of 3.46 and 14 strikeouts in 2 appearances versus the Giants in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Chi Cubs are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against San Francisco.

Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games against Chi Cubs.

San Francisco Giants are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.

Prediction

The Giants finally ended their losing streak with a great start from Alex Wood who held the Cubs to zero runs across 7 innings. Alex Cobb will take the mound for the 2nd of the series who has struggled this season as the Giants are 6-9 this season when he's starting. The Cubs were on a hot streak before losing last night and they'll send Marcus Stroman to start this game who has been solid lately allowing no more than 1 run in each of his last 3 starts. This should be another close game so I'll give it a shot with the Cubs. 

PICK: Cubs ML (+117)

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