Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Jake Arrieta (16-5, 2.84 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (87-47) meet Madison Bumgarner (13-8, 2.49 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (72-62) in the third of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 2-1, extending a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 3 and will air on CSCh and CSBA.
In his last start, Arrieta pitched 6.1 innings, giving up six runs, striking out three and walking three in an 8-7 victory over the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo (.292, 80 Rs, 26 HRs, 93 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Giants were victorious over the Braves 13-4 the last time Bumgarner pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking two. Hunter Pence (.285, 39 Rs, 10 HRs, 45 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Giants lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cubs are 20-19. The Giants are 24-22 in close games this season.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Giants have a 17-28 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Cubs have a slight leg up on the Giants, as the Cubs have won their last five games while the Giants have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 52-15. The Cubs have a 73-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, San Francisco has earned 598 this season. Chicago ranks third with 679 runs.
Ranking 17th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.737). Chicago ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .779.
The Giants are 33-48 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 45-38 when they allow at least one homer.