MLB Baseball Betting: Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres

MLB Baseball Betting:  Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres

The Chicago Cubs conclude a three game early week series against the Padres in San Diego before heading on to begin a three game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Chicago won the first game against the Padres 5-1 on Monday with the outcome of Tuesday’s game pending at the time of this writing. The Cubs are back in excellent form after their pre-All Star Break swoon–they’ve won 16 of 20 during the month of August. They’ve got a 12.5 game lead over the second place St. Louis Cardinals and a 15.5 game lead over the third place Pittsburgh Pirates. The Padres have only one thing to play for–to avoid finishing in the NL West basement. That’s still touch and go as they lead the last place Arizona Diamondbacks by one game. Making matters worse, the Diamondbacks host the Atlanta Braves while the Padres are hosting the Cubs.

Chicago will start right hander Kyle Hendicks who has been very sharp this year but more so than any other member of the Cubs’ pitching staff has been left in the lurch due to poor run support. Overall he’s got a 2.13 ERA with a 1.000 WHIP, a 3.25 road ERA with a 1.162 WHIP and in his last three a 1.77 ERA with a 0.639 WHIP to go with 19 strikeouts against just 1 walk. Unfortunately, the Cubs’ record when he starts should be better than it is: 13-10 overall, 4-7 on the road and 1-2 in his last three. In his last two starts he’s gone 13 innings allowing 9 hits, 3 earned runs and striking out 15 and in both cases a Cubs’ bullpen meltdown made it all for naught.

San Diego will start right hander Paul Clemens who will be making his 7th start of the year. Overall he has a 5.35 ERA with a 1.575 WHIP, a 5.33 ERA at home with a 1.648 WHIP and a 5.02 L3 ERA with a 1.605 WHIP. The Padres have won 4 of 7 when he starts including 3-2 at Petco Park and his last three starts. The two teams have split 4 games this year. Hendricks started a game against San Diego in early May and pitched well but the Cubs lost. That’s a familiar refrain for him and we’ll bet this one accordingly.