Cubs’ Road Woes to Continue at Giants in Tuesday's Late game

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 12:50 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018 12:50 PM UTC

Despite just one win in their last eight road games, MLB odds make the Cubs small favorites in Tuesday’s matchup at the San Francisco Giants.

Chicago Cubs (51-37 SU, 39-46 O/U) at San Francisco (48-45 SU, 44-45 O/U)Free MLB Pick: Giants MLBest Line Offered: GT Bets

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Having won the last four series at home in the rivalry, the San Francisco Giants can make it five in a row with a win Tuesday over the Chicago Cubs (10:15 PM ET). The initial mound matchup pits Jose Quintana (7-6, 4.22) against Johnny Cueto (3-1, 1.95), JustBet ever-so-slightly favoring the Cubs on a -106 money line with 7½ for the scoreboard target.

The clubs engaged in an old-fashioned pitching duel to begin the set, San Francisco prevailing Monday in the 11th for a 2-1 decision. It was the Giants’ fifth win in their last six home games against Chicago, the final falling well short of the 8-run total on baseball odds boards. The last two series in San Francisco divided into thirds in the totals column (2-2-2 O/U/P).

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Cueto Counting On Better Effort In 2nd Start Off DL

The Cubs managed just four hits in Monday’s contest, one of those belonging to Ben Zobrist, who is batting .316 over his past six games. He is, however, just 1-for-11 against Cueto. Andrew McCutchen, who scored the decisive run on Monday, is hitting .333 (6-18) over his last four games and has had success against Quintana in the past (5-11, .455).

McCutchen wasn’t the only Giant who enjoyed facing Quintana when the clubs met in Chicago a little more than seven weeks ago, the lefty sent to the showers in the fifth having surrendered four runs. The Cubs have since won five of his seven starts, Quintana pitching to a 3.46 ERA in that span. Cueto was slapped around in his return from the DL last week, the Cardinals cracking two homers among the 10 hits they registered in five innings. He’s faced the Cubs twice since joining the Giants, both starts coming in Chicago where San Francisco lost each time despite Cueto’s decent numbers (13 IP, 5 ER).

Umpire Notes, Wind Report & A Free Pick

Following crew chief Jeff Nelson behind the dish in the series will be Laz Diaz. It will be his 17th plate assignment of the season with Diaz sporting a slim ‘under’ tendency at 7-9 O/U. This is his first time to call balls and strikes at AT&T in 2018, the 19-year veteran umpire splitting his last four contests in San Francisco on the totals board.

All signs point to a very normal day in the Bay Area as far as the weather goes; the forecast calls for clear skies and temps in the mid-60s at first pitch, a 15-20 mph blow from the west (out to center) included. My free MLB pick will be on the home side in this one.

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