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MLB Betting – Cubs Look To Embrace Spoiler Role against Giants

Written by Matt Stevens   
Thursday, 12 August 2010 06:49

Cubs vs. Giants Betting Odds and PredictionsNCAA football betting players are well aware of the spoiler role as lowly teams may try to mess up a higher-ranked team’s bowl chances late in the season, and that would be the Chicago Cubs on Thursday afternoon in the final of a four-game set, as they visit San Francisco trying to put a wrench in the Giants’ playoff plans.

Cubs Giants Betting – Thursday, August 12, 3:45 PM ET

Randy Wells (5-10, 4.37) lost his third straight start in a 4-3 loss at home to Cincinnati, allowing three runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out three and walking two.   He was also taken deep for the third start in a row and fifth in his last 10 starts.  NFL football betting players may compare Wells to Derek Anderson, who had one great season in Cleveland, but it was quickly discovered that he wasn’t a starting NFL quarterback, and we don’t think Wells is a legitimate MLB starter.  The 27-year-old lost his lone meeting against the Giants, allowing five runs on 10 hits over 5.1 innings of a 5-1 loss in San Francisco last season.

Matt Cain (9-9, 3.06) gave up three runs on six hits over five innings of a 3-0 loss in Atlanta, striking out four and walking a pair of Braves.  Cain received the worst run support in the majors last year, and this year isn’t much better as Cain is 21st among 24 pitchers who have pitched at least 140 innings in run support.  The Giants are continually wasting good efforts by Cain, and you have to wonder how this is affecting his thought process.  The 25-year-old is a solid 5-2 in eight career outings against the Cubs, posting a 2.41 ERA.

MLB betting odds should have the Giants as the favorites at home, where Cain is 6-3 in 11 starts with a 2.48 ERA.  Wells is only 2-5 away from home this season, posting a 4.63 ERA in 10 starts, and he was hit pretty hard in his first trip to AT&T Park last season.  We’re going to give the nod easily to the Giants because the Cubs are in complete freefall, and we’re not even sure manager Lou Piniella is going to make it to the end of the season.  They have a lot of things to worry about in their own clubhouse before they can worry about playing the spoiler role.  The Giants can see San Diego trying to pull away in the National League West, and to stay within range of the Padres, the Giants need to win the games that they should win, and this is one of them.

BSN Sports pick: San Francisco

 
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