The Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres second of second of a three-game MLB betting series is tonight. The Pads won the series opener and gave the Cubbies their fourth consecutive loss in the process.
Time: 10:10 PM
Venue: Petco Park, San Diego, California
Sportsbook odds for fans who bet on baseball:
Cubs -1½ (+115) 8½ (-110) -140
Padres +1½ (-135) 8½ (-110) +130
On the mound: Eddie Butler (RHP, 2-0, 1.93 ERA, 9 K) allowed one run in five innings in his previous start versus the Giants, picking up his second win of the season in his third start. Butler has surrendered three runs in 14 innings in three starts with Chicago, and is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in his career against San Diego.
Miscellanea: Third baseman Kris Bryant is well acquainted with San Diego, where he played for the San Diego Toreros. Bryant was the 2015 National League of the Year and 2016 NL MVP, but it all began with the San Diego Toreros, with whom he won the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy to the college player of the year his final season at USD. Heck, they even remember him at 24-hour Rose Donuts. “They not only remember me, but what I want to eat.” Well duh, it’s donut shop. “[Petco Park]’s probably my favorite park to play in,” Bryant said. He had hit safely in six of his last regular season games there, including three home runs and six RBIs, before going 0-for-3 with two walks on Monday.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: The Cubs have lost four of their last five games and have covered in only one of the last six. Additionally, Chicago are 0-5 straight-up and against the spread in the last five road games. The MLB betting total has gone under in 80% of the Cubs’ last five on the road.
On the mound: Dinelson Lamet (RHP, 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 8 K) broke his maiden in a win against the Mets on Thursday, in which he gave up one run on three hits in five innings and stroke out eight to become the first Padre with eight Ks in his debut since Bob Shirley in 1977 – but don’t call him Shirley. The rookie added a changeup – which he may or may not call the Gold Lamé – to his fastball/slider mix in the last three months.
Miscellanea: Matt Szczur is a familiar face for the Cubs. The outfielder was traded to the Padres in 2017 after refusing to accept a minor league assignment with the Cubs.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: The Friars have won four of their last six games – including their last two straight – and are 4-2 against the spread in that same period. San Diego has dropped five of their last six times hosting Chicago. The MLB betting total has gone under in two thirds of the Padres’ last six games at home and under in four of the Cubs’ last six visits to San Diego.