The road has not been kind to the Chicago Cubs this season, and they’re no doubt excited about this trip coming to an end Thursday afternoon.
Chicago has dropped five of seven on this journey that started in Milwaukee, and in what might be a season-defining contest Thursday, the Cubs will have Yu Darvish (5-6, 4.12) about the mound saddled with dot in the -140s. San Diego counters using Dinelson Lamet (2-4, 3.95), together with 8-81/2 showing up for the scoreboard goal.
The clubs split’over’ winners in the two games, Chicago submitting a 10-2 triumph on a 9-8 decision literally walking away from the 10th inning on Tuesday. Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant each slugged two homers from the inning loss for the Cubs, but the sacks-drunk walk of Manuel Margot ultimately decided things from the Padres’ favor.
Those results forced it 5-straight matchups between both in San Diego that moved’over’ the marks, which series came to an end Wednesday when rookie Chris Paddack and a set of Padres relievers based on a 4-0 blanking as -110 chalk at Bookmaker.
Darvish is currently earning his third consecutive road start and held Brewers and that the Mets to 1 run over 13 innings in the two. It is his first start at San Diego since September 2017 if Darvish was using the Dodgers, and he is held Eric Hosmer to two sisters in 14 at bats through recent years.
San Diego has fallen Lamet’s last three starts, the 27-year-old pitching into a 3.96 ERA in that 17-inning interval when striking out 19. That is his very first appearance since beating on them in Petco Park in only his return in 2017.
Ramon De Jesus brings an 11-14-1 O/U/P record into the match after six of his eight plate appearances fell short of their totals, and finishes one turn through Fieldin Culbreth’s team behind the plate to the show finale. This week, A rover who’s filling in for Paul Nauert, De Jesus gets got the dish Petco for a fourth time this season, a couple of the three going’over’ Home underdogs have not fared well with all the Dominican supporting the plate, winning just three of 12.
Whatever the result on Thursday, climate will not be a variable with a stunning afternoon temps in the mid-to-upper 70s initially pitch, in San Diego. I believe the sunshine will energize Chicago hitters sufficient to pay a run-line play around the losers.
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