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UNDER is a Great Bet Behind Samardzija

The San Francisco Giants’ bats went silent in Game 1 of their National League Divisional Series with the Chicago Cubs, but Giants backers will be hoping things turn around when Game 2 gets underway today.

Shark Bites
  • The Cubs are 6-1 in Hendricks' last 7 starts.
  • The UNDER is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago.
  • The Giants are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

Jeff Samardzija and Kyle Hendricks are the probable starters. Samardzija (12-11, 3.81 ERA) allowed only three runs in 19 2/3 innings over his last three starts but had a 1-1 record to show for his efforts. The pitcher made his lone postseason appearance with the Cubs in Game 1 of the 2009 NLDS, allowing one run and two hits in one inning of relief against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hendricks (16-8, 2.13) lost his only start against the Giants this year despite giving up just one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings of work at San Francisco on May 22. Hendricks made the first two playoff starts of his career in 2015 but was unable to make it to the five-inning mark in either, surrendering five runs and nine hits over 8 2/3 innings.

The UNDER is a fantastic bet when Samardzija gets the nod. In San Francisco’s last 13 starts behind him, the UNDER is 11-1-1.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 0.2- win for the Cubs on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Chicago (104-58) will face the 88-76 Giants in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs San Francisco injuries news.

The Chicago Cubs sit at No. 1 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the San Francisco Giants sit at No. 10 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Chicago Cubs No. 3 ranked offense (4.96 runs per game) against a San Francisco Giants defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 at 3.85 runs allowed per game. The Chicago Cubs have been averaging 8.65 hits per game, less than the San Francisco Giants have managed so far this season (8.82 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, San Francisco owns the No. 6-rated road mark, allowing 3.93 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Giants were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Chicago staff and losing 1-0 to the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • San Francisco is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • San Francisco is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • San Francisco is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of San Francisco's last 18 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Chi Cubs is 10-3-1 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 8 games
  • Chi Cubs is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

San Francisco home to Chicago, Monday, October 10th

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