Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/25/2014
Monday, May 26, 4:05 PM on WGN, CSBy
AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Chicago Cubs - Samardzija, J (0-4) vs. San Francisco Giants - Cain, M (1-3)
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Jeff Samardzija will be hoping that he can finally get his first win of the season when the Chicago Cubs face Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants on Monday afternoon.
Jeff Samardzija ended up with a no decision against the New York Yankees last Wednesday, but he definitely deserved a win after pitching seven scoreless innings. He gave up just four hits in that start and walked two while striking out three. Unbelievably, he is still without a win on the season despite having a 1.46 ERA. He has gotten just 1.80 per start from his offense.
Hunter Pence is one player on the Giants who has done well against Samardzija in his career by going 3-for-8 with a double against him. No one on the Giants has hit a home run off of the big right-hander yet.
Matt Cain suffered a strained hamstring in his start against the Colorado Rockies in his last start, but the MRI came back negative and he is ready to pitch on Monday. He went just three innings in that game before being pulled, but he pitched well by giving up no hits and striking out three. Cain is 1-3 on the season, but his 3.66 ERA suggests that he's been a bit unlucky.
Starlin Castro has faced Cain more than any of his Cub teammates and is 5-for-20 against him with a home run and five strikeouts.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 20-22-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago Cubs is 0.3
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
San Francisco Giants are 20-25-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for San Francisco Giants is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
05/14/14 P Zac Rosscup Shoulder 15-day DL (5/13)
05/07/14 P Pedro Strop Groin 15-day DL (5/7)
05/03/14 CF Ryan Sweeney Hamstring 15-day DL (5/3)
04/24/14 CF Justin Ruggiano Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
San Francisco Giants
05/22/14 P Santiago Casilla Hamstring 15-day DL (5/21)
05/21/14 P Matt Cain Hamstring questionable
05/10/14 1B Brandon Belt Finger 15-day DL (5/10)
03/28/14 2B Marco Scutaro Back 60-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take San Francisco
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