John Lackey (9-7, 3.41 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (87-48) go up against Johnny Cueto (14-5, 2.98 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (73-62) in the last of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. The Giants won the last game 3-2, and Chicago leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 4 and will air on WLS, CSBA and TBS.
In his most recent outing, Lackey pitched 6.2 innings, allowing one runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking one in a 6-4 loss to the Cardinals. Kris Bryant (.306, 112 Rs, 36 HRs, 91 RBIs, 8 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5. The Giants were unsuccessful against the Diamondbacks 4-3 the last time Cueto pitched. He went 4.2 innings, giving up four runs, striking out five and walking four.
In their last game, the Giants won by a margin of one run. The Cubs are 20-20 in one-run games. The Giants have a 25-22 record in close games.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Giants have an 18-28 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 8-28. The Giants have a 13-42 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 111 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half with 167.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 550 this season. San Francisco ranks fourth with 482 walks.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 64-24, well-matched with the Giants who are 47-30 when hitting one or more homers.