Pick Peavy & Giants to Defeat Cubs in MLB Tonight

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:01 PM GMT

Edwin Jackson has really struggled in the first inning this season, which will allow the San Francisco Giants to jump all over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Wednesday night.

Unhappy
San Francisco suffered a 2-0 rain-shortened loss to Chicago as -110 road favorites Tuesday, which dropped the club into a tie with the Atlanta Braves for the second National League Wild Card spot, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.

The Giants’ bullpen has posted a 2.06 ERA in 26 games since the All-Star break, which is important to consider when making your MLB betting picks—ranking as the third-lowest figure in the league over that span.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 11-7 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the OVER going 9-7-1 in that situation.

 

Putting Things Together
Chicago has put together its first three-game winning streak since winning four in a row from June 30-July 4, while the franchise has produced a 15-13 record in its last 28 affairs.

The Cubs continue to be led offensively by the play of first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who is tied for fourth in the Majors with 29 home runs, but he’s gone just 1 for 6 at the plate against tonight’s scheduled opposing starter.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 44-53 as home underdogs of +100 to +125.

 

Peavy
Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy (2-12, 4.57 ERA) earned his first win in 19 outings last time out, as he surrendered a single run and four hits over seven innings in a 7-1 home victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The right-hander is 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA in four starts with San Francisco since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox—serving up just a single home run in 25.2 combined frames.

In 15 career starts versus the Cubs, Peavy has produced a 7-5 record and 2.78 ERA, but is 0-3 with a 4.26 ERA in his last three such efforts.

 

Jackson
Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (6-13, 5.74) has suffered more losses than any player in the Majors since 2012, which includes a 6-2 setback at home to the Milwaukee Brewers last time out.

The right-hander has really struggled in the early going in 2014, as he enters with a 7.92 first-inning ERA, with opponents hitting .343 against him in that situation.

Jackson is a forgettable 0-5 with a 9.10 ERA in his last six outings at this historic venue.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants in the first five innings as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 8-2 in their last 10 games as road favorites of -110 to -150.
Free MLB Pick:  San Francisco Giants First 5 Innings at Bet365

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