The Cubs are well used to struggling at the bottom of the central division, but for San Francisco the prospect of missing the playoffs is disheartening. The two teams meet tonight in a must win series, if they want to keep even faint hopes alive and the game could easily go either way.

Match: San Francisco vs Chicago Cubs

Bet: Over 7 runs

Odds: Winner Sports 1.83

San Francisco has one of the worst records away from home and although they’ve won 28 games at AT&T Park, they’ve been anything but impressive. The production of runs is just as low as always, but the starting pitchers have struggled to contain the opponents which led to disappointing results. Even Tim Linceum and Matt Cain have conceded on average five runs per game, which explains why the Giants have accumulated so many defeats in 2013.

The hosts will give Cain another chance, hoping he can build on his recent quality outings and limit the visitors to a couple of runs. Chicago Cubs has the same objective when sending Edwin Jackson to the mound, despite the starting pitcher losing 11 decisions this season and posting an ERA of 5.03. Chicago has been a very streaky team in July, alternating victories with defeats and it’s been more than two weeks since they’ve posted consecutive wins. If they are to stand a chance San Francisco, they will need Alfonso Soriano to play as he used to do back in 2007 when the Cubs extended his contract.

BetPal Tip:

The odds offered by bookmakers suggest that this would be a pitchers’ duel, despite the fact that Matt Cain and Edwin Jackson concede on average five runs per game. Place a bet on the total number of runs and patiently wait for at least seven runs to be scored at odds of 1.83 with Winner Sports.