This Monday San Francisco Giants will open a four-game series against Chicago Cubs who will be going for their fifth win in the last six games. Manager Joe Maddon doesn’t seem to be satisfied despite the recent success of his team and will be looking for an error-free performance, which is 22-20 on the season and 11-10 at Wrigley Field.
“We’ve done better on this homestand, but we’re still not playing our best baseball,” Maddon said. “If we’re not fundamentally where we need to be, that’s where my focus is. More than anything, I want to see us play that championship-caliber defense. That’s what’s going to get us back there.”
San Francisco (19-26) knows a thing or two about championships, but this season has not gone according to plan. On the bright side, the Giants have won seven of their past nine games as they head north from St. Louis to meet the Cubs. On the other hand, they have gone 1-9 in their past 10 visits. The truth is that they are nowhere near the top three in the NL West.
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has baseball’s No. 4-rated offensive output, at 8.55 hits per game. The San Francisco Giants average 7.96 hits per game, good for No. 25 on the list.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Chicago has the No. 19-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Giants own the No. 21 mark in runs allowed.
Eduardo Nunez is batting .363 with 9 RBIs during his current 8-game hitting streak.
The total has gone OVER in the Cubs’ last 5 games.
The Giants are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games against teams with winning records.
Ty Blach will make his sixth start of the season, as the lefty has bounced between the starting rotation and the bullpen all year. Blach has posted a respectable 4.03 ERA in his previous five starts and has only given up three runs across his past two outings, in which he pitched 7.0 innings both times. The 26-year-old does tend to pitch better without pressure, as he has held opponents to a .197 batting average with the bases empty compared to .302 with a man on.
Despite being in his 14th MLB season at the ripe age of 38, John Lackey continues to be a workhorse for the Cubs. Lackey has pitched at least 6.0 innings in six of his eight starts this season and has surrendered three or fewer runs on five occasions. The right-hander has excelled in his career against the current members of the Giants with the lineup hitting a collective .200 against him.
The Chicago Cubs bring a 22-20 record to the battle against the 19-26 Giants.
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