Chi. Cubs Cubs vs San Diego Padres Picks and Predictions May 7th 2024

Chi. Cubs Cubs vs San Diego Padres MLB Tue, May 7, 19:40 pm.
Chi. Cubs Cubs
ML: -175
San Diego Padres
ML: 145

Shota Imanaga Eyes Another Win as the Cubs Take on the Padres

Alright, let’s talk baseball! Shota Imanaga, the Chicago Cubs’ latest sensation and the National League Rookie of the Month, is ready to throw some heat against the San Diego Padres this Tuesday. It’s shaping up to be a killer game, with Imanaga facing off against the Padres’ Randy Vasquez. Everyone’s hyped to see if Imanaga can keep up his killer streak.

Kicking Off an MLB Dream

Since jetting over from Japan, 30-year-old Imanaga has been absolutely crushing it for the Cubs. Sporting a flawless 5-0 record and a jaw-dropping 0.78 ERA, this guy is redefining rookie goals. In just six games, he’s racked up 35 strikeouts and has kept his walks down to just four, playing a massive part in the Cubs’ current hot streak.

A Game to Remember Against the Mets

Last time out, Imanaga turned heads with seven scoreless innings against the New York Mets, snagging a tight 1-0 win. This epic performance wasn’t just a fluke—it was his longest showing in the majors yet, putting him right up there with some of the best pitchers around. Cubs’ manager Craig Counsell couldn’t stop raving about him, comparing him to legends like Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer.

Cubs’ Pitching on Fire

The entire Cubs’ pitching lineup is on a roll, echoing Imanaga’s success with a whopping 23 scoreless innings over four games. Though Justin Steele is back and looking good post-injury, the bullpen had a bit of a hiccup and dropped a recent game to the Padres, sparking a bit of a rally from the other side.

Padres Strike Back

Speaking of rallies, the Padres aren’t exactly sitting ducks. They came back strong in their last matchup, with Jurickson Profar and Luis Campusano delivering crucial hits that turned the game around. Padres’ manager Mike Shildt praised their strategic chops, calling it “good baseball” at its best.

The Face-Off: Imanaga vs. Vasquez

Moving ahead, all eyes will be on the Imanaga vs. Vasquez duel. Vasquez, with a rough start this season and an ERA of 5.87, is looking to bounce back after a rocky stint in Triple-A and a tough game against the Rockies. It’s definitely going to add some spice to how he tackles the Cubs’ lineup.


This Tuesday isn’t just another day in the MLB—it’s a showcase of what’s hot and what’s not, testing out both team strategies and individual mettle. With Imanaga aiming to continue his stunning run and the Padres looking to disrupt, it’s a must-watch for any baseball fan.

Players to Keep an Eye On

  • Shota Imanaga: Can he maintain his spectacular start?
  • Randy Vasquez: It’s redemption time.
  • Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar: Watch out for these key hitters from the Padres.

This matchup is more than just a game; it’s a clash of emerging talents and seasoned strategies, potentially defining the season for both teams. Get ready, because it’s going to be epic!

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Tue, May 7, 12:24 pm.
Chi. Cubs Cubs
O 9
San Diego Padres
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