Chicago Cubs (41-59) vs. San Francisco Giants (50-51)
July 31, 2022 7:08 pm EDT
The Line: San Francisco Giants -188 / Chicago Cubs +158; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants meet Sunday in MLB action at Oracle Park. The Chicago Cubs look for a win after winning 6 of their last 8 games. The San Francisco Giants need a win after losing 8 of their last 10 games.
The Chicago Cubs have scored 10 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 7 games. The Cubs have won 5 of their last 6 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Ian Happ leads the Cubs with 99 hits and 46 RBI, while Nico Hoerner and Willson Contreras have combined for 170 hits and 71 RBI. Adrian Sampson gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.20 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Sampson’s first career game against the Giants.
The San Francisco Giants have scored 11 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 6 of their last 9 games. The Giants have lost 6 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Thario Estrada leads the Giants with 82 hits and 41 RBI, while Wilmer Flores and Mike Yastrzemski have combined for 148 hits and 93 RBI. Carlos Rodon gets the ball, and he is 8-6 with a 3.18 ERA and 148 strikeouts this season. Rodon is 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA and 32 strikesouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The Giants are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The under is 5-1 in Cubs last 6 overall. The under is 5-2 in Giants last 7 home games. The Cubs are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Giants should be the favorite with Rodon on the mound, but they’re also a team that’s losing 8 of their last 10 games and have lost 5 of their last 7 games Rodon has pitched. The Giants offense just can’t be trusted. Also, Adrian Sampson has been solid this season in his own right, which includes allowing 30 hits and 12 earned runs in his last 28.2 innings. There’s value with the Cubs and plus money in this spot, mainly by how poorly the Giants have played in the second half.
Randy Chambers’ Free Pick:
Chicago Cubs +158