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San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs
Where and when: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, Tuesday, 7:20 pm EST
The San Francisco Giants will play game-one of a three-game set versus the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday night at 7:20 pm EST. The Giants took two of three at AT&T Park in July while coming shy of the sweep due to a severe lack of offense in addition to Tyler Beede giving up four earned runs in the finale along with three homers in five innings.
The Cubs along with the St. Louis Cardinals continue to swap places at the top of the NL Central division. Currently, Chicago is only one game behind the Cardinals; However, the team has not played very well lately in dropping six of their last ten games, overall. Fortunately, they were able to rebound from an opening loss in a three-game set versus the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to win games two and three for the all-important series victory.
Of course, with the win, the Cubs were able to atone for a three-game road sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. In all, Chicago will certainly be looking to return home to Wrigley Field where they have won forty-one of sixty games this year.
San Francisco has done very well for themselves on the road as of late in picking up wins in sixteen of twenty-three games. The Giants came one game shy of picking up a four-game road series victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in their most recent set. However, their offense (which posted double-digit runs in two games prior to finale) could not get going in game-four as the team ended the game with seven hits, total, as Merrill Kelly allowed just one earned run on six hits in just over five frames.
With the victory, the Giants moved to second place within the division, only a game ahead of the Diamondbacks. They remain, however, far away from the top spot held by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who sit nineteen and a half games ahead of the competition.
Hamels looking to right the ship on the hill
Cole Hamels (6-4) has recently had to deal with an oblique injury that landed him on the IL. In his two prior starts, the veteran surrendered a total of twelve runs along with two homers in just five innings of pitching in horrible road outings versus the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds. On the other hand, Hamels has been instrumental in his team winning three of their last four home games with the left-hander on the hill. In fact, he pitched five innings at Wrigley Field versus the Milwaukee Brewers in his most recent start while surrendering just four hits in addition to recording seven strikeouts in a 4-1 victory.
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— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 19, 2019
Hamels has not faced the Giants in quite some time; However, he has not fared well versus Buster Posey in recent meetings as Posey is not only batting .542 on twenty-four at bats. In addition to this, he has four doubles, two home runs, along with six RBI’s versus Hamels in his respective career. Hamels has pitched shutouts in two of his last four home starts.
Beede continues to struggle for Giants
Tyler Beede (3-7) will oppose Hamels as he will desperate for a much-needed victory. He enters this matchup allowing at least four runs in his last five starts, all resulting in losses. Beede has also been very giving as it relates to home runs with a total of seventeen in fifteen starts on the year. As a result, his ERA has skyrocketed to 5.77 in 2019 on just over eight-two innings pitched.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) August 19, 2019
Beede has struggled away from home in his last two starts in losses to the Colorado Rockies along with the Philadelphia Phillies. During these starts, he gave up nine runs on eighteen hits along with three homers in a total of eight innings of work. He was torched by the Cubs at AT&T Park in late July in allowing three home runs along with four earned runs on ten hits in just over five innings of pitching in a 4-1 defeat.
- CHC is 37-16 in their last 53 home games.
- SF is 3-14 in the last 17 meetings in Chicago.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Cubs have been dominant at home all season and will pick up the all-important victory over the Giants in the opener. Hamels will have a solid performance versus a Giants squad that has not performed consistently at the plate. On the other hand, Beede has stunk it up on the mound in recent starts and could very well be what the Cubs need to gain some confidence on the offensive end.
Prediction: Chicago Cubs
Full-Game Total Pick
While the Cubs will indeed find some success early versus Beede in the opener, I will back the under as the strong play for this matchup on Tuesday night. The Cubs remain one of the more dangerous teams in the league; Yet, the team has struggled on the offensive end due to a lack of consistency. The Giants have been off-and-on at the plate as well in 2019 as I see a competitive, low-scoring matchup amongst these two teams in game-one.