MLB Expert Predictions for Monday: Fade Cubs, Kyle Hendricks in San Diego?

Sep 09, 2019 07:10 PM EDT

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.

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