Chicago Road Trippin’ to Cali
After a surprising 2-1 series win over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Chicago Cubs (24-31) visit California for a three-series road trip. The Cubs’ first series will be against the San Diego Padres (26-30). Both teams hold similar records with a lack of consistency, but MLB lines have the Padres as the clear favorite to win the series.
Chicago is 2-4 in the last six games, while San Diego is 3-3. Will either team find consistency in this weekend’s four-game series?
Cubs Flip Script Against Rays
Before the Rays series, the Cubs were getting shelled on a four-game losing streak, allowing 8.75 runs per game. Chicago flipped the script against Tampa Bay, holding the Rays to 1.7 runs per game. This was a big surprise against one of the best-hitting teams in baseball. The Padres rank 29th in hits per game and batting average. The Cubs limiting San Diego to the under is an intriguing MLB picks.
Padres Carrying High Expectations
San Diego had big expectations entering the season as one of the sportsbook’s favorites to win the World Series. Even with a rough start, the Padres hold the third-shortest odds to win the Fall Classic (+1600), per MLB odds. They could be turning the corner after averaging 6.7 runs in their 2-1 series win over the Miami Marlins. Help is also on the way as third baseman Manny Machado is nearing a return from a hand injury.
Jameson Taillon (0-3, 8.04 ERA) vs. Michael Wacha (5-1, 3.45)
It has been a brutal season for Jameson Taillon. After going 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA with the New York Yankees last season, the Cubs rewarded Taillon with a four-year, $68 million contract. Taillon’s 8.04 ERA and 1.691 WHIP are career lows, and his 2.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio is the second-worst mark of his career. Taillon has allowed five home runs in his last five starts. The Padres rank 11th in homers per game, led by Juan Soto’s 10 big flies. Take a batter for San Diego to go yard early in MLB live betting.
Michael Wacha on the bump gives the Padres a huge pitching advantage. The one-time All-Star has continued his great play from last season. His 1.099 WHIP would be the second-best mark of his 11-year career. San Diego is 3-1 in Wacha’s last four starts. He has not allowed a run in three of his last five outings.
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Cubs vs Padres Head-to-Head
San Diego is 5-2 in the last seven meetings, which were all road games. The under went 5-2 over the seven-game stretch. In Wacha’s last start against the Cubs, the Padres won 5-3, covering the run line.
Cubs vs Padres Game Information
- Game: Cubs (24-31) vs. Padres (26-30)
- Location: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
- Day/Time: Friday, June 2, 10:10 p.m. ET
- Cubs vs Padres Live stream: MLB.tv
Cubs vs Padres Betting Lines
The Padres are averaging 6.8 runs in their last four games. The Cubs are allowed eight runs per game in Taillon’s last four outings. His recent struggles with the long ball also spell trouble for Chicago. Look for San Diego to hit the over on its projected total.
Pick: San Diego Padres Team Total Over 4½ (-110)
When the Padres hit well, they usually come out on top. In fact, they are 6-1 in their last seven games when totaling at least five runs. Pairing the moneyline with the over is a favorable bet. San Diego is also 5-2 against MLB spreads in the last seven games. Most importantly, Wacha gives the Padres a big pitching advantage in this matchup.
Pick: San Diego Padres ML (-154)