Padres vs. Cubs Saturday Prediction
The Padres and Cubs split the first two games of their four-game series in Chicago this weekend. Will Game 3 go to the host and will the Cubs cash on the runline?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, August 4, 2018
2:20 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field
TV: SD (FSSD); CHC (CSNC)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cubs as a -190 favorite. As of this writing, 80% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cubs to beat the Padres 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.
Padres' Lockett to make spot start vs. Cubs
Walker Lockett will start for the Padres on Saturday against the Cubs. Lockett has been knocked around for six runs over 5 2/3 innings in the majors this season. He could have a shot at additional starts if he pitches well, but he can't be trusted at Wrigley.
Cubs' Hendricks strikes out eight in dominant win vs. Cardinals
Kyle Hendricks was dominant in Sunday's victory over the Cardinals, racking up eight strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball. The right-hander scattered four hits and didn't walk a batter in the game. All of the damage against him came on a two-run blast by Marcell Ozuna in the first inning. After that, he was in complete command, retiring the final 17 hitters that he faced in order. With the win, the 28-year-old hurler improves to 7-9 to go along with a 3.97 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. He'll look to carry over this fine effort when he squares off against the Padres at home on Saturday.
MLB Betting Trends
The Padres are just 7-16 in their last 23 road games.
The Cubs have won 17 of Hendricks' last 20 starts when he pitches on Saturday.
The Cubs are 5-2 in Hendricks' last seven starts versus the Padres, who are just 1-4 in their last five games against Chicago overall. San Diego is also 16-35 in its last 51 games overall and just 1-10 in its last 11 games when playing the third game of a series. Finally, the Cubs are 15-6 in their last 21 home games.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -1.5