Jake Arrieta (7-0, 1.29 ERA) starts for the Chicago Cubs (28-11) as they square off against Jake Peavy (1-4, 7.42 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (25-18) in the first of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The Giants come into this series hoping to extend an eight-game winning streak. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and can be seen on WGN and KNTV.
Peavy pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking two in a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks. Hunter Pence (.297, 24 Rs, 7 HRs, 32 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Arrieta went 8.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out 11 and walking two in an 8-2 win over the Pirates in his last outing. Dexter Fowler (.314, 28 Rs, 4 HRs, 20 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for San Francisco and Chicago are Cubs -195, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 6.5 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
San Francisco has won 57% (8-6) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 84% (16-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cubs managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are heading in with a 14-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 23-2. The Giants have a 17-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh in runs, San Francisco has earned 191 this season. Chicago ranks third with 221 runs.
Chicago tops the league in walks with 197 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 168.
The Giants are 17-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 21-4 when they hit at least one homer.