Jake Peavy (3-6, 4.35 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 4.03 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (66-59) and the Chicago Cubs (73-51) at AT&T Park. The Cubs won the last game 8-5, continuing a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and can be seen on CSCh, CSBy and ESPN.
Peavy pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking one in a 4-0 defeat to the Pirates. Brandon Belt (.274, 58 Rs, 17 HRs, 60 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Hendricks went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-3 defeat to the Braves in his most recent start. Anthony Rizzo (.290, 71 Rs, 25 HRs, 77 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
San Francisco is a narrow -112 favorite at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Giants have an overall money line of +254 and a record as the favorite of 36-29. San Francisco is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 5-5 SU record in its last ten outings. The Giants are the fifth-best team in the NL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.3 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Chicago has a 20-21 record and an overall money line of +1,066. Offensively, the Cubs have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.2 runs per game by averaging 6.1 during that stretch. Moving on to Chicago's pitching staff and defense, the The Cubs allow just three runs per road game, ranking them second in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cubs are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Cubs lead the season series, 5-0. The Giants have a 49-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hendricks takes the mound. Peavy (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have a 57-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, San Francisco is 30-20, while Chicago is 29-21.
The Cubs are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Giants have a record of 6-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 5-39. The Cubs have a 16-38 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 22nd when it comes to home runs, hitting 105 this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 132.
Ranking 15th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.17 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.23.
Ranking 15th, Chicago is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.717). San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .734.
When the Cubs allow at least one home run, they are 34-34. When the Giants allow one or more homers, they have a 30-43 record.