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This Wednesday, there is a National League matchup between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. These teams will face off at about 8:05 PM. This is game two of a three-game series, which will take place at Wrigley Field.
Giants Look To Stay Alive In NL Wild Card Race
The San Francisco Giants are still alive in the NL Wild Card race with a little over one month left in the MLB regular season. As of right now, the Giants are 4.5 games back of the second NL Wild Card spot. However, there are still five teams ahead of the Giants for the second spot so they will need to capitalize on every opportunity moving forward. The Giants seem to have accepted that reality as they enter this game in solid form. The main reason for San Francisco’s success is its impressive road record. Specifically, the Giants are 34-30 away from home this season which is the eighth-best road record in the league.
The Giants have won six of their last nine games and they have gone 17-13 in their last 30 games. Yesterday, they only scored three runs and lost to the Cubs on the road. Leading their attack was Austin Slater who had a two-run home run in the second inning. This loss was a bit surprising for the Giants as they have gone 12-10 against the NL Central this season.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) August 19, 2019
Pitching for the Giants in this game will be Dereck Rodriguez and he has gone 5-6 with a 4.79 ERA in 20 appearances on the year, including a 5-2 record with a 4.16 ERA in ten appearances on the road. Righties are hitting .273 off of him this year, while lefties are hitting .238. He has also been solid since the All-Star Break as he has a 2-1 record with a 3.00 ERA.
The Giants have been okay on offense so far as they come into this game ranked 25th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.38 runs per game, while also ranking 23rd in the league with 8.30 hits per game. On the mound, they have been great as they come in ranked 12th in the league in ERA at 4.41. In addition, the bullpen for the Giants ranks 5th in the league with a 3.89 ERA.
Cubs Look To Get Back Into First Place
The Chicago Cubs are sitting in second place in the NL Central and are 0.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for first place. However, the Cubs are currently in possession of the second NL Wild Card spot. However, the Cubs would obviously prefer to avoid having to play in a Wild Card Game in the MLB Postseason if the opportunity presents itself. The Cubs have been unable to separate themselves from the rest of the pack due to their inability to win games away from home. Specifically, the Cubs are just 25-39 on the road which is the sixth-worst road record in the league. After this series concludes, the Cubs have three games at home against the Nationals.
The Cubs have won three of their last seven games and they have gone 16-14 in their last 30 games. Yesterday, they scored five runs against the Giants and won by a score of 5-3. Leading their attack was Anthony Rizzo who had two home runs. This win was expected from the Cubs as they have been amazing at home this season. Specifically, the Cubs are 42-19 at Wrigley Field.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 19, 2019
Pitching for the Cubs in this game will be Yu Darvish, who has gone 4-6 with a 4.21 ERA in 25 starts on the year, including a 2-3 record with a 4.73 ERA in 12 home starts. Righties are hitting .176 off of him this year, while lefties are hitting .235. However, he has been solid since the All-Star Break with a 2.36 ERA in 42 innings of work.
The Cubs have been pretty good on offense so far as they come into this game ranked 13th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.92 runs per game, while also ranking 9th in the league with 1.56 home runs per game. On the mound, they have been great so far as they come in ranked 7th in the league in ERA at 4.06. In addition, the bullpen for the Cubs ranks 10th in the league with a 4.16 ERA.
- Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games.
- Cubs are 5-2 in Darvish’s last 7 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
- Giants are 1-5 in Rodriguez’s last 6 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
- Giants are 1-4 in Rodriguez’s last 5 starts during game 2 of a series.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Cubs entered this series following an extremely long road trip that produced mixed results and should be extremely focused with the home crowd behind them in this game. The Cubs have been an elite home team this season with a 42-19 record at Wrigley Field and I do not plan on stepping in front of them on Wednesday. Plus, Darvish has a 2.50 ERA in the month of August and is entering this game following a seven-inning outing where he gave up zero runs so I think the Cubs have a pitching advantage in this game. Give me the home team as a result.
Prediction: Chicago Cubs
Full-Game Total Pick
Even though the Cubs have the ability to score over six runs by themselves, the under is 9-2-2 in the last 13 meetings in Chicago and I think that trend will continue on Wednesday. Both Darvish and Rodriguez were great in their last respective outings and I think it will carry over into this game. Specifically, both starters gave up no runs in seven innings of work so I like the current form of both pitchers. As a result, I think this game should end somewhere in the realm of 4-3 so I will lean to the under.