San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs Betting Preview
A pair of first-place teams will square off Tuesday night from historic Wrigley Field, as the San Diego Padres will take on the Chicago Cubs. This is the middle game of the three-game series after the Cubs won the opener. Ryan Weathers will take the mound for the San Diego Padres and will be opposed by Kyle Hendricks for the Chicago Cubs.
Despite being on the road, the Padres are small favorites in this game. You can wager the Padres at -115 for this Tuesday night battle.
San Diego Padres Off to Hot First Two Months
The San Diego Padres have a dynamic offense that is scoring just shy of 5 runs per game. San Diego is averaging 8 hits per game, and as a team, they are hitting .239. The Padres have dropped back-to-back games, where they are scoring just 3 runs per game, but previous to that, they scored 10.5 per game against the Astros. The top hitting threat is, of course, Fernando Tatis Jr. The MVP candidate is hitting .299 and leads Major League Baseball with 16 home runs on the season.
Ryan Weathers is a 21-year-old lefthander who is in his first full season in Major League Baseball. On the season, Weathers has thrown 34.1 innings and struck out 27 batters while walking 11. Weathers is 2-1 on the season, with a 1.31 earned run average. In his last start, the rookie allowed just 1 hit in 4 innings. Weathers has only gone more than 5 innings one time this season, and that was back on April 22nd. Over his last 18 innings, Weathers has allowed just 4 runs on 16 hits.
Chicago Cubs Playing Great Baseball
Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs got off to a slow start that saw them at the bottom of the standings for an extended period of time. Now, after winning 11 out of their last 15 games, they hold a ½ game lead in the National League Central standings. In the three-game series against the Cardinals, they allowed just 2 runs per game. Then in the sweep against the Pirates, they were even better, and then most recently, they allowed just runs in the three games against the Reds. Overall, that’s 17 runs allowed over their last 10 games.
Kris Bryant is putting up an MVP-type season for the Cubs. The slugger is on a 13 game hitting streak, and his batting average is up to .324 on the season. Bryant is second on the team to Javier Baez in home runs. Baez has 13, and Bryant has 12. Bryant is also the top doubles hitter on the Cubs, with 15 on the season. As a team, the Cubs are scoring 4.6 runs per game, and their batting average is at .240.
Look for the Padres to get back on track. San Diego has been one of the best teams in baseball, and they have the offense and enough starting pitching to be the best team. San Diego gets hits early off of Hendricks, and Weathers throws a solid game, and the bullpen slams the door from there. The Padres win the second game of this series and set up a rubber match on Wednesday at Wrigley.
When you go to bet this game, take the San Diego Padres -115 over the Chicago Cubs.