Cubs vs. Giants Monday Prediction
The Chicago Cubs are rolling and will hit the road on Monday night to take on the San Francisco Giants at 10:15 p.m. ET. With Kyle Hendricks toeing the rubber for the visitors, will the Cubs take Game 1 of the series?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, July 9, 2018
10:15 p.m. ET, AT&T Park
TV: CHC (CSNC); SF (NBCSBA)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cubs as a -115 favorite. As of this writing, 58% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cubs to beat the Giants on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Cubs' Hendricks allows three runs in no-decision vs. Tigers
Kyle Hendricks allowed three earned runs over five innings Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Tigers. It was much better than his previous outing last Wednesday against the Dodgers, in which Hendricks was lit up for six earned runs on eight hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings. Hendricks surrendered seven hits and one walk Tuesday while tallying only two strikeouts, though Chicago went on to win this one 5-3. The right-hander has an underwhelming 5-8 record, 4.27 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 72/30 K/BB ratio through 97 innings this season. Up next will be a road start against the Giants.
Giants' Suarez allows just one run but still loses to Rockies
Andrew Suarez allowed just one run in seven innings and took a tough-luck loss to the Rockies on Wednesday. He went into the toughest ballpark in the majors for pitchers, tossed a great game and still lost. He surrendered a solo home run to catcher Chris Iannetta in his final inning of work and that is all it took to lose the ballgame. He struck out six, walked none and yielded five base hits. The unheralded rookie left-hander has been very effective this year but doesn't have a good record to show for it. He falls to 3-5 with a 3.92 ERA in 14 starts. He has 72 strikeouts and only 15 walks in 78 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cubs have won 37 of their last 53 games played on Monday.
The Giants have lost five of Suarez's last seven starts coming off four days of rest.
The Cubs have won nine of their last 10 games overall, are 14-3 in their last 17 games facing a left-handed starter, and are 31-15 in their last 46 contests when playing the first game of a series. The Giants, meanwhile, have lost five of their last seven games versus the National League Central and are 2-5 in their last seven games overall.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -115