Madison Bumgarner (5-2, 2.45 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (26-19) meet Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 3.51 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (29-12) in the last of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 5-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 22 and will air on ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Bumgarner pitched 9.0 innings, giving up one run and striking out 11 in a 5-1 victory over the Padres. Brandon Belt (.294, 20 Rs, 4 HRs, 22 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Cubs were unsuccessful the last time Hendricks pitched. He struggled, going 5.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking two in a 4-2 loss to the Brewers. Dexter Fowler (.324, 30 Rs, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Cubs, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Giants are a -120 favorite with their ace on the mound and the total is 7.
Pick - SF
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 16-3, while San Francisco is 8-6.
The Cubs managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are heading in with a 10-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 24-3. The Giants have a 17-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 197 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at third with 232.
Ranking 12th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.735). Chicago ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .793.
The Cubs are 12-9 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Giants are 9-16 when they allow at least one homer.