MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres – Friday, July 19, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
When: Friday, July 19, 2019 at 2:20 PM
Moneyline: Chicago Cubs -145
The Chicago Cubs are listed as -145 money line favorites over the San Diego Padres. The Chicago Cubs enter this game with a record of 52-44 and have won four of their last five games including a 2-1 series win at home over the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the week.
The San Diego Padres enter this game with a record of 46-50 and have lost four of their last five games including a 1-2 series loss on the road against the Miami Marlins.
Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog San Diego Padres.
San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres are a young team and are playing in a tough division so they aren’t likely to make the playoffs this season but could be a contender next year. San Diego is 46-50 overall, 23-22 on the road and 20-18 as an underdog this season.
The Padres will send Eric Lauer to the mound for game one of the series. Lauer is 5-7 on the season with a 4.04 ERA while striking out 72 over 91 1/3rd innings pitched. He is 0-1 in his lone start against the Cubs while allowing 5 runs and striking out 3 in the loss.
Hunter Renfroe leads the team in home runs with 27. Eric Hosmer leads the team in RBIs with 63. Manny Machado leads the team in runs with 55.
San Diego is averaging 4.42 runs per game which ranks 23rd in the MLB. The Padres are allowing an average of 4.92 runs per game which ranks 16th in the MLB.
The Chicago Cubs are one of the better teams in the NL and are leading the NL Central by 2.5 games over the Milwaukee Brewers. Chicago is 52-44 overall, 34-17 at home and 47-28 as a favorite this season.
The Cubs will send Jon Lester to the mound for game one of the series. Lester is 9-6 on the season with a 3.74 ERA while striking out 99 over 101 innings pitched. He is 2-1 in his last three starts against the Padres while allowing an average of 3.33 runs and striking out an average of 5 in those games.
Javier Baez leads the team in home runs and RBIs with 22 home runs and 63 RBIs. Kris Bryant leads the team in runs with 74.
Chicago is averaging 5.09 runs per game which ranks 12th in the MLB. The Cubs are allowing an average of 4.39 runs per game which ranks 9th in the MLB.
The Cubs Take Game One
The Cubs are the better team in the series and have the better pitcher on the mound for game one on Friday. Chicago is 7-3 in their last ten matchups with San Diego while outscoring the Padres by an average of 4.90 to 4.30 in those games.
The Cubs are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Padres while San Diego is outscoring Chicago by an average of 6.00 to 5.33 in those contests. I look for the Cubs winning trend to continue in this game with a win over the Padres in game one of the series at home on Friday.