San Diego Padres vs Chicago Cubs Prediction MLB Picks 5/8/24

Chicago Cubs (21-15) vs San Diego Padres (19-19)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Hayden Wesneski (2-0) (0.54) vs Dylan Cease (4-2) (2.55)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs +106 / San Diego Padres -123 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in MLB action from Wrigley Field. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a San Diego Padres vs Chicago Cubs Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The San Diego Padres will trot out Dylan Cease here and Cease is 4-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. In his last five starts against the Cubs, Cease is 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 38 strikeouts. Hayden Wesneski will get the start for the Cubs here and is 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Wesneski’s second career start against the Padres.

San Diego Padres Recap

The San Diego Padres will be looking to rebound from a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Cubs in Tuesday’s matchup, still having a chance at picking up a win for a third straight series win after defeating the Diamondbacks and the Reds in their last two series.

Padres Have Talented Roster But Inconsistent Offense

Jurickson Profar leads the Padres with 44 hits along with a .338 batting average and 8 doubles with 6 homers and 27 RBIs. Jake Cronenworth has 25 RBIs while Fernando Tatis Jr. has belted a team-high 7 home runs this season. Manny Machado has 5 home runs and 21 RBIs but also has 34 strikeouts while Ha-Seong Kim has 29 hits with 2 triples, 4 doubles, 5 home runs, 21 RBIs and a team-high 7 stolen bases. Tatis Jr. also has a team-high 36 strikeouts and 6 stolen bases as well this season.

Why the San Diego Padres will win

  • Probable Starting Pitcher: Dylan Cease Record this season: 4-2 ERA: 2.55
  • The Padres have won each of their last eight games against the Cubs following a loss.
  • The Cubs have lost each of their last seven games against the Padres following a win.
  • The Padres have covered the run line in each of their last seven road games against National League opponents following a road loss.
  • The Cubs have failed to cover the run line in 10 of their last 11 day games against the Padres at Wrigley Field following a home win.

Chicago Cubs Recap

The Chicago Cubs will hope to keep the momentum going forward from their walk-off win to keep the ball rolling after their series win over the rival Brewers over the past weekend.

Cubs Having Inconsistencies Of Their Own But Have Been Able To Lean On Pitching

Nico Hoerner leads the Cubs with 39 hits, 11 doubles and a .279 batting average while Christopher Morel has a team-high 8 home runs and 24 RBIs. Michael Busch has 7 homers with 19 RBIs but also has the unfortunate distinction of leading the Cubs with 45 strikeouts as well this season.

Why the Chicago Cubs will win

  • Probable Starting Pitcher: Hayden Wesneski Record this season: 2-0 ERA: 0.54
  • The Cubs have won each of their last five games as home underdogs.
  • The Padres have lost eight of their last 11 games as road favorites against NL Central opponents.
  • The underdogs have covered the run line in each of the Cubs' last nine games at Wrigley Field.
  • The Padres have failed to cover the run line in nine of their last 11 games as favorites against NL Central opponents following a road loss.
  • The Cubs have won the first inning in each of their last three Wednesday day games as home underdogs.
  • The Cubs have led after 5 innings in four of their last five games as home underdogs.
  • The Cubs have led after 3 innings in each of their last five Wednesday home games.

San Diego Padres vs Chicago Cubs Prediction

I’m on the under here. I think this is actually a decent pitching matchup, as we all know Dylan Cease has ace-level stuff when he’s on point and Hayden Wesneski’s had a nice start to the year although I kind of feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop with Wesneski. This kind of feels like a similar scoreline to what we had on Tuesday, so give me the under here.

 

 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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