The Chicago Cubs (41-59) travel to Oracle Park and take on the San Francisco Giants (50-51) on Sunday Night Baseball. The Cubs have been playing well in the second half thus far, logging a 6-2 record post-All-Star break. Meanwhile, the Giants have been the opposite as they are 2-9 over the past 11 games. All-Star Carlos Rodon (8-6, 3.18) will start for San Francisco with rookie Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.20) going for Chicago.
The first pitch is set for 7:08 p.m. ET from San Francisco. The Giants are the -190 money line favorite (risk $190 to win $100) in the latest Cubs vs. Giants odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Cubs are a +158 underdog. The over-under for total runs scored is 7.5. Before making any Giants vs. Cubs picks, you need to see the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model.
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- Cubs vs. Giants money line: San Francisco -190, Chicago +158
- Cubs vs. Giants run-line: Chicago +1.5 (-135)
- Cubs vs. Giants over-under: 7.5 runs
- CHC: Cubs are 4-1 in their last five road games
- SF: Giants are 5-1 in their last six vs. National League Central
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Why you should back the Giants
The southpaw Rodon will be taking the mound in this primetime affair and he will be confident on the hill due to his abundance of dominant pitches. The two-time All-Star owns a blazing fastball to accompany a nasty slider and curveball in his repertoire. Rodon is second in the NL in both strikeouts (148) and strikeouts per nine IP (11.5). He's recorded 10-plus strikeouts in two of his last four starts.
First baseman Brandon Belt has been an offensive option in the middle of the lineup with home-run and gap-producing power. After hitting just .172 in June, Belt's average is at .271 in July and he's reached base safely nine times over his last five games. He's also taken advantage of RHPs like Sampson as 13 of Belt's 15 extra-base hits have come against righties.
Why you should back the Cubs
Shortstop Nico Hoerner is an exceptional hitter with an outstanding ability to make contact. Hoerner's swing is compact and he's showcased defensive grit as one of the top fielding shortstops in the game. At the plate, Hoerner leads the team in batting average (.297) with six home runs and 33 RBI. On July 26, he went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
Catcher Willson Contreras has been a calm offensive option for the Cubs. Contreras displays home-run power and run-producing abilities while still being a stout defender. The three-time All-Star is second on the club in home runs (14) with 38 runs driven in. Additionally, he's leading the team in OBP (.369) and went 2-for-5 in his last outing.
How to make Cubs vs. Giants picks
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