Each MLB team still has about 50 games to go before the season comes to an end. While that may seem like a lot, it really isn’t when you are trying to cut into a lead in the division or Wild Card race. Every win is valuable, but the wins that come at this stage of the season can prove to be priceless. The Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants are both involved in the playoff hunt and are tight in the betting odds, which is why their 4-game series, which begins in Chicago on Thursday, is so crucial.
A Look at the San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs MLB Odds Report & TV InfoTime: Thursday, 6:05 p.m. ET Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois National TV: None Opening line: San Francisco +108, Chicago -118 Sitting just 2 games back of the LA Dodgers in the NL West, the San Francisco Giants (58-48) still have a legitimate shot at the pennant this season. One look at their upcoming schedule, though, and you get an idea of just how tough that task is going to be. Their next 8 series are all against teams that are in the playoff mix, and how they perform during this stretch may well determine whether they are in or out once all 162 games are in the books. The Giants knew this was going to be a tough run, which was why they went out and got some help at the trade deadline. Mike Leake was brought in to replace a struggling Tim Hudson, with the hope that he can add some stability to the starting rotation. Chris Heston (11-5, 3.24 ERA) will start for the Giants, and will be bringing a 4-game unbeaten streak to the mound.The Cubs (58-47) are involved in a playoff race of their own, but of we are being realistic, it is the Wild Card race that has now become their priority. The Cubs are 8.5 games back of the Cardinals in the Central Division, but currently occupy the final Wild Card spot. Making this series all the more intriguing is the fact that the Giants are right on their heels, and are just a half game back of that final spot. The Cubs don’t seem to be stressing it, though, as there are few teams as hot as they have been in the second half. The Chicago Cubs are on a 6-game win streak, and can make up some more ground on the Pirates if they can knock them off again on Wednesday night. Jason Hammel (6-5, 3.13 ERA) will be going after back to back wins when he takes to the mound on Thursday night.
Key Betting Trends
- San Francisco is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
- San Francisco is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco’s last 6 games on the road
- Chi Cubs is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games