Cubs vs. Giants MLB Odds, Preview and Pick

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A pair of old National League rivals continue their first meeting of 2022 in San Francisco on Friday, and we have a free MLB pick for the clash between the Giants and Chicago Cubs.

Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants

Friday, July 29, 2022 – 10:15 PM EDT at Oracle Park

Series Opener Recap

Thanks to a couple of fielding gaffes by the Chicago Cubs in Thursday’s opener, the San Francisco Giants got off to a winning start in the series on the MLB scoreboard with a 4-2 victory in the first clash of 2022 between the old National League rivals.

The teams will go right back to work in the final game on Friday’s MLB odds card when the Cubs send Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.38 ERA) to the San Fran bump against Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.26 ERA), and the Giants are showing up as -130 chalk with 7.5 for the total.

Series Notes and Rivalry Trends

Thursday was first meeting between the old rivals since last September, and continues a rivalry that has been played more than 2,240 times dating to 1883 when the clubs were known as the White Stockings and Gothams.

San Francisco’s victory also continued the Giants’ recent domination in the rivalry after they beat the Cubs six out of seven meetings a year ago, and 10 of the last 13 times the squads have met in the Golden Gate City.

  • The 4-2 final in Game 1 marked the third consecutive ‘under’ winner at Oracle Park in the rivalry.
  • Home teams have won 24 of the last 33 contests.
  • The return series at Wrigley Field is set for about six weeks from now.

Cubs Pitcher Marcus Stroman

Coming off his best outing since spending a month on the injured list with shoulder inflammation, Stroman will be seeking his first win in more than two months when he climbs the hill in San Francisco on Friday.

The 31-year-old right-hander worked six innings in Philadelphia last Saturday, allowing just one run while striking out five over the course of his 86 pitches for a no-decision that ended with the Cubs taking a 6-2 decision in 10 innings as +155 underdogs at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review).

Stroman faced the Giants a year ago while pitching for the Mets. He went seven frames in San Francisco and allowed three runs, all of those plate crossings the result of a pair of homers. That was Stroman’s first look at the Giants lineup since an interleague start against them in 2016 while a member of the Blue Jays.

Giants Pitcher Alex Cobb

A couple of stints on the injured list have prevented Cobb from really finding any rhythm this year, but he can close out a decent month of July with a solid effort and victory in this matchup with the Cubs.

This will be Cobb’s first start against Chicago’s North Side bunch since a no-decision in 2014 at Wrigley Field while he was pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he has yet to decision in five starts against the other four NL Central clubs this season despite pitching to a very respectable 2.02 ERA (26.2 IP). 

Cobb was knocked around last Sunday in Los Angeles where he surrendered four runs to the Dodgers before exiting in the sixth inning. He left the game tied, and LA eventually broke the deadlock for a 7-4 decision to finish off a four-game sweep of the Giants.

Umpire Notes and Trends

Adrian Johnson – acting as crew chief while Marvin Hudson’s away – will be the umpire under the mask for Friday’s collision. A native of Houston, Johnson has a fairly level 8-10 O/U record in the totals column this year, but that mark heavily favors the ‘under’ when the best sportsbooks set the number at 8.5 or lower (4-8 O/U) for his plate assignments.

San Fran Forecast

The weatherman predicts a mostly cloudy day in San Francisco, the thermometer just barely in the 60s when Cobb delivers the first pitch of the game and accompanied by the usual 15-20 westerly breeze (out to center).

Friday’s Best Bet

For a team expected to be a force in the playoff race this season according to the MLB futures, the Giants have really underachieved as they sit fifth in the NL Wild Card standings and needing a victory just to climb back to a level .500 record.

Of course, the Cubs can only dream of being one game below .500. The safest play on Friday is to follow the recent trend in the rivalry with a play on the home team. San Francisco takes it, 4-3.

MLB Pick: Giants (-130) at GTbets (visit our GTbets Review)

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