Struggling away from home
Chicago is 8-17 on the road this season, as it dropped a 4-3 decision to the San Diego Padres as +129 underdogs Sunday, while going 'over' the betting total of 6.5.
The Cubs have been unable to pick up hits in key situations—hitting an MLB-worst .202 with runners in scoring position.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 16-30 as road underdogs of +100 to +125, with the 'under' going 25-18-3 in that situation.
San Francisco has won four games in a row, which includes an 8-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins as -171 home favorites yesterday afternoon, while going 'over' the betting total for the second time in three affairs.
The Giants possess the best daytime record in baseball at 14-4, while they’ve captured 24 of 28 games when scoring first.
MLB handicappers will find that the San Francisco Giants is 6-4 as home favorites of -125 to -150 during the 2014 campaign.
Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 1.46 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 4-2 home defeat to the New York Yankees in his last trip to the mound, as he continues to search for his first win of the season.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 1.40 ERA in four road outings—surrendering just a single home run in 25.2 combined frames.
In seven career games (two starts) versus the Giants, Samardzija has put together a 0-1 record and 2.70 ERA.
Yusmeiro Petit (3-1, 4.76 ERA) will be making his 14th appearance (fourth start) of the season, as he fills a rotation spot vacated by Matt Cain due to a strained right hamstring injury.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA in eight home outings—issuing
two walks and striking out 18 batters in 19.2 combined innings.
In six lifetime appearances versus the Cubs, Petit has compiled a 2-1 record and 5.23 ERA.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants as one of their MLB picks, as the Cubs are 6-15 in their last 21 series openers.
Free MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants