In the third of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs (59-48) and the San Francisco Giants (59-49) at Wrigley Field, Kyle Hendricks (5-5, 3.67 ERA) and Matt Cain (2-2, 4.91 ERA) get the start. The Cubs won the last game 7-3 and Chicago leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and will air on WLS and CSBy.
In his last start, Hendricks pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking two in a 4-2 victory over the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo (.297, 61 Rs, 21 HRs, 63 RBIs, 15 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 2 with one run and one stolen base. The Giants were unsuccessful to the Braves 9-8 the last time Cain pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out one and walking one. Brandon Crawford (.263, 54 Rs, 19 HRs, 69 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Chicago, a -125 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against San Francisco. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is presently unavailable. The Cubs are 40-28 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +199. They are 7-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Cubs rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 279. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with 73 steals. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Cubs are second in the league in WHIP at 1.18.
On the other side, the Giants have a record of 27-21 when they are the underdog and are +407 overall with the money line. The Giants are the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL when playing on the road, averaging four runs per game so far.
The only other game between the two teams went Chicago's way. This game will feature Cain (RHP) on the mound against the Cubs, who have a 45-39 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Hendricks will take the mound against the Giants, who have a 45-40 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
Chicago earned its 13th shutout of the season in its last game. San Francisco has been shut out eight times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Cubs are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 14-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 5-33. The Cubs have a 13-35 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, San Francisco has hit 95 this season. Chicago ranks 14th with 98 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.08 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.40.
Ranking 24th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.691). San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .742.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 27-34, well-matched with the Cubs who are 27-31 when allowing at least one homer.