Preview: Padres at Cubs

Current Conditions - Chicago
M/SUNNY 73 °F
Wind: ENE 6
5-Day Forecast
GAME: San Diego Padres (44-56) at Chicago Cubs (41-58)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 24 - 8:05 PM EST
WHERE: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
LINE: -123, 114 TOTAL: 7


The San Diego Padres are coming off a rare offensive outburst and look to keep it going against a pitcher they've hit hard over the years when they wrap up a three-game road series with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. San Diego evened the set with an 8-3 win in which Tommy Medica and Yangervis Solarte were the unlikely stars at the plate. The club will attempt to continue its dominance against Chicago's Edwin Jackson, who never has beaten the Padres.

The Cubs could use a good outing from Jackson after having to go to the bullpen early in Wednesday's loss. The Padres benefited from having some fresh faces in the lineup in the middle game of the series, as the rookie Medica belted three hits and Solarte added two and scored twice in his first game since being acquired from the New York Yankees for Chase Headley. The season series is tied at three games apiece, with Thursday's contest marking the final meeting of the year.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FSN (San Diego), WGN (Chicago)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.61)

With his next win, Ross will triple his previous career high. The All-Star has recorded six straight quality starts but is just 2-4 over that span despite a 1.47 ERA. The 27-year-old is making his first start versus the Cubs but pitched two scoreless innings in relief against them in 2010.

Jackson has been better at home than on the road, but his 4-3 record and 5.19 ERA in nine starts at Wrigley Field are nothing to celebrate. The 30-year-old is winless in five outings since June 20 and gave up three runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision last time out versus Arizona. Jackson fell to 0-5 with a 6.94 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) against the Padres after giving up eight runs in four frames at San Diego on May 23.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cubs All-Star 1B Anthony Rizzo, a former Padres prospect, is hitting .367 with five homers during his eight-game hitting streak.

2. The Padres are 31-5 when scoring four or more runs, second-best in the majors behind Washington (46-4).

3. Chicago is 0-51 when trailing entering the ninth inning.

PREDICTION: Padres 5, Cubs 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Diego 44-56 W1 26-26 18-30 10-13 10-8 16-25 8-10
Chi. Cubs 41-58 L1 21-23 20-35 14-14 16-28 6-10 5-6

Last Meeting

San Diego Chi. Cubs
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/23/14 SD 8 CHC 3 .242 0 .777 .133 1 .544

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
SD S. Smith .200 4 .654
CHC W. Castillo .300 6 .700
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
SD S. Smith 1 3 4
CHC A. Rizzo 3 5 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
SD 3.57 .213 49
CHC 4.33 .196 45
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
SD S. Smith .286 79 .893
CHC A. Rizzo .285 103 .927
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
SD S. Smith 11 39 30
CHC A. Rizzo 25 68 55
Pitching ERA Avg K
SD 3.18 .215 812
CHC 3.91 .237 817

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
100
7.5
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu 118 -128
-108
7
CarbonSports 120 -130
-110
7
GTBets.eu 118 -128
-110
7
Top Bet
123
-133
120
7.5
SBO.ag 110 -130
-110
7
BetDSI 119 -129
-110
7
Sportsbook 122 -132
-110
7
BookMaker.eu 119 -129
-110
7
Vegas Odds
LVH 113
-123
-105
7
Mirage 115 -135
-115
7
Station 115 -130
-140
7.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

San Diego Overall Chi. Cubs
44-56 W/L 41-58
44-56 RL W/L 50-49
31-65-4 O/U 51-43-5
2.99 Runs For 3.88
3.44 Runs Against 4.25
San Diego A/H Chi. Cubs
18-30 W/L 21-23
23-25 RL W/L 21-23
13-33-2 O/U 24-20-0
2.88 Runs For 4.07
3.90 Runs Against 4.05