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Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants Betting Pick for 6/27/24

The forecast for Thursday’s Cubs vs. Giants game calls for scattered clouds and temperatures in the mid 50’s. This NL matchup is set to get started at 3:45 PM ET from Oracle Park in San Francisco, and MLBN will be televising the game.

Shota Imanaga is starting for the Cubs, and they are looking to snap a four-game losing streak. The money line odds have the Cubs at -110, while the Giants are -108, and they come into the game with a record of 39-42, which has them 4th in the NL West. Jordan Hicks will be starting for the Giants.

Cubs Struggle to Gain Ground in NL Central Despite Home Field Advantage

Chicago is 5th in the NL Central and 11 games behind the Brewers. They are 37-44 overall and 9-17 in divisional games. The Cubs are 22-18 at home compared to 15-26 on the road. So far this season, they are 34-44 vs. the over, and they have a combined run average of 8.6 runs per game. Shota Imanaga is 7-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He is averaging 9.23 strikeouts per nine innings. Imanaga’s last outing was a rough one, as he gave up 10 earned runs in three innings.

Chicago’s offense is 20th in scoring at 4.1 runs per game. Their batting average is .230, which is 18th, and their slugging percentage is 23rd. The Cubs are 5th in walks. Cody Bellinger is hitting .273 with 9 home runs and 34 RBIs. Ian Happ is hitting .227 with 9 home runs and 40 RBIs. Christopher Morel has two home runs in his last 10 games. The Cubs have gone over the total in 65.4% of their games this season when the over/under line is set at 7.5 runs. However, their last two games have gone under the total.

Giants Look to Climb NL West Standings as Hicks Takes Mound Against Cubs

The Giants are 39-42 overall, and they are 4th in the NL West, trailing the Dodgers by 11.5 games. San Francisco has gone 13-13 in the NL West this season. As the favorite, the Giants are 23-18, compared to 16-24 as the underdog. Today, they are taking on the Cubs, and the O/U line for the game is set at 7.5 runs, which is lower than their season average of 8 runs per game. Overall, the Giants are 44-35 O/U this season.

San Francisco starter Jordan Hicks is 4-4 this season with a 3.24 ERA. He will be looking to bounce back from a rough outing on June 22nd, where he went 4 innings and gave up 5 earned runs. Hicks has given up at least 2 homers in three of his last four starts. The Giants offense has been average this season, and some of their top hitters include Matt Chapman, Thairo Estrada, Jorge Soler, Heliot Ramos, and Michael Conforto. Ramos has a .294 batting average with 10 home runs this year. Soler has 2 homers and is hitting .235 in his last 10 games. Chapman and Luis Matos are on 3-game hitting streaks.

Giants Favored in Tight Matchup Against Cubs: Imanaga to Outshine Hicks

With the money line payout for a Giants win sitting at -108, this is the route we recommend going for today’s Cubs vs. Giants matchup. Our predicted final score is 5-4 in favor of the Giants, giving us some room to spare with the over/under line sitting at 7.5 runs.

Looking at the starting pitchers, our projections have Shota Imanaga finishing with eight strikeouts compared to Jordan Hicks with five. Overall, Hicks is projected to finish with a higher ERA than Imanaga, but his chances of picking up a win are still better than Hicks.

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