Padres vs. Cubs MLB Best Bet: Darvish Helps San Diego Past Chicago

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The first week begins with an interdivisional battle in the NL as San Diego makes a stop at historic Wrigley Field in Chicago on Monday’s MLB betting card.

Can the Padres make up ground on the Dodgers in the NL West, or will the Cubs continue to build on their weekend success against the Brewers in the NL Central? Let’s analyze the MLB odds provided by the top-rated sportsbooks to reveal the most promising betting prospects.

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MLB Pick: Padres ML (+105) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs

Monday, May 06, 2024 – 07:40 PM ET at Wrigley Field

For the second time in a month, we’re disappointed without an All-Japanese mound duel between the Padres and Cubs, but it’s still a dandy pitching clash when San Diego sends Yu Darvish (1-1, 3.45) to the hill in Chicago against Justin Steele (0-0, 1.93).

Steele Making 1st Start After DL Stint

Darvish only lasted 3 innings against the Cubs a month ago in their series in San Diego, and was charged with 4 runs. The Padres bailed him out by rallying from an 8-0 deficit to win 9-8, and San Diego subsequently won his next 2 starts.

Steele is coming off the DL after straining a hamstring on Opening Day, and made just 1 ugly rehab start at Triple-A last week. He beat the Padres with 5+ shutout innings at Wrigley last year.

‘Under’ Cashes 7 of Last 10 Meetings at Wrigley

San Diego won 2 of the 3 when the clubs met a month ago at Petco, both of the Padres’ wins going ‘over’ while the Cubs’ lone victory fell short of the total.

The Cubs won 2 of 3 last year when the Padres came to Chicago, all 3 of those contests cashing ‘under’ tickets.

It’s going to be on the cool side of the thermometer at the friendly confines this evening, and with Steele likely restricted plus Cubs relievers struggling a bit, this is a great spot for a free MLB pick on the Padres as small underdogs.

MLB Pick: Padres ML (+105) at BetOnline

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