MLB Expert Predictions for Monday: Fade Cubs, Kyle Hendricks in San Diego?
Jeff Curry, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Kyle Hendricks
- Our MLB staffs detail their favorite bets for Monday, September 9.
Sean Zerillo: Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres
Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.39 ERA) vs. Cal Quantrill (6-6, 4.57 ERA)
- Cubs Moneyline: -140
- Padres Moneyline: +130
- Over/Under: 8.5
- First pitch: 10:10 p.m. ET
The Cubs are 29-23 since the All-Star break, but even before losing Javier Baez to a thumb fracture over the weekend their offense had struggled in the past two months – with a wRC+ of 95; 17th in MLB.
Baez had taken a step back this year (113 wRC+) from his dominant 2018 season (131 wRC+) when he finished second in the NL MVP race, but replacing his bat with that of Addison Russell (career 87 wRC+) is still a significant downgrade.