San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8/21/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/20/2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wrigley Field in Chicago
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San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (13-9) is having his best month of the season so far and will look to keep that going on Thursday night when he faces Travis Wood (7-10) and the Chicago Cubs.
Left-hander Madison Bumgarner pitched well enough to get a win over the Philadelphia Phillies last weekend, but he had to settle for a no decision. He pitched seven strong innings in that start after allowing just one run on four hits while striking out nine batters and walking no one. Bumgarner currently has a 3.14 ERA on the year and he has struck out 167 hitters in 169 innings on the mound.
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has 10 hits in his 24 at-bats against Bumgarner with a double and an RBI. Young first baseman Anthony Rizzo is just 1-for-8 against him with one walk and four strikeouts.
Last Friday, Travis Wood gave up three earned runs in 5.1 innings of work against the New York Mets and ended up losing the game. Wood allowed four hits in that outing while walking four batters and striking out five. He has given up 9.7 hits per nine innings this season and he now has a 4.86 ERA after that loss.
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is 6-for-18 against Wood in his career with a triple, a home run and four RBI. Catcher Buster Posey is just 2-for-12 against him with no walks and four strikeouts.
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
San Francisco Giants are 58-58-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for San Francisco Giants is 0.2
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 61-56-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
San Francisco Giants
08/18/14 2B Joe Panik Finger questionable
08/08/14 1B Brandon Belt Concussion 7-day DL (8/7)
08/05/14 P Matt Cain Elbow 15-day DL (7/11), out for season
07/26/14 SS Ehire Adrianza Hamstring 15-day DL (7/25)
07/26/14 C Hector Sanchez Concussion 15-day DL (8/10)
07/26/14 2B Marco Scutaro Back 15-day DL (7/25)
Date Pos Player Injury Status
08/10/14 P Brian Schlitter Shoulder 15-day DL (8/9)
07/31/14 P Felix Doubront Calf 15-day DL (7/31)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
Tony's Pick: Take San Francisco
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