Bet Giants -125 vs. Road Cubs in Game 1

Jeff Grant

Monday, May 26, 2014 12:26 PM GMT

Monday, May. 26, 2014 12:26 PM GMT

The San Francisco Giants have played their best baseball under the sun this season, which will prove troublesome for the road-challenged Chicago Cubs Monday. Join our handicapper for Game 1's free pick.

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.


Streaking  
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.


Samardzija   
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.


Petit
   
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.


Prediction   
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 -125
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