Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.60 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (85-47) meet Jeff Samardzija (11-9, 4.00 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (72-60) in the first of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 1 and will air on CSN+ and CSBA.
In his last start, Montgomery pitched 5.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking four in a 6-4 victory over the Dodgers. Kris Bryant (.307, 111 Rs, 36 HRs, 90 RBIs, 8 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Giants were also victorious the last time Samardzija pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking three in a 7-0 victory over the Braves. Brandon Crawford (.276, 56 Rs, 12 HRs, 77 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Chicago, a -155 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against San Francisco. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is currently unavailable. The Cubs have a winning record of 79-38 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +360. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (7-2). Teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Cubs, who allow an NL-low 3.4 runs per game. The Cubs don't allow many hitters to get on base, leading the league with a 1.122 WHIP.
Moving on to the away team, the Giants come into this game with a win percentage of .422 when playing as the underdog (19-26) and an overall money line of -387. They have a WHIP of 1.228, fifth best in the MLB.
In their previous three games this season, the Giants have a 2-1 record. The Cubs will take on a right-hander (Samardzija) in this game. They have done very well against right-handed starting pitchers this season (56-33), especially at home where they have a 31-12 record. Taking the hill against the Giants will be the left-hander Montgomery. They sport a 24-16 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the 20th time this season.
The Cubs managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are coming in with a 4-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 8-28. The Giants have a 12-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, San Francisco has hit 109 this season. Chicago ranks 12th with 167 home runs.
Ranking sixth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.79 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.98.
Ranking 15th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.741). Chicago ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .781.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 33-48. When the Cubs allow one or more homers, they have a 43-38 record.