On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Series Preview

The Giants won 107 games last year, a franchise record, but fell to the Dodgers in a series of leagues.

They won’t win 107 games this year; In fact, they would have to go 17-8 to the finish with a winning record. (Hint: This probably won’t happen.)

For more on the Giants, here’s Brady Kloepfer, Managing Editor at SB Nation Giants McCuvey Records.

The second half of the Giants season was a disaster that could not be mitigated. They played terrible baseball in the break, chose not to sell seriously on deadline, and have since been completely knocked out of the post-season race, with a better chance of finishing last in the NL West than making the playoffs. A step back after winning a record 107 games in 2021.

The team’s defense is bad now, and the banner isn’t far behind. The offense is modest, and only the first throw really stands out. Fortunately for the Giants, these two superstars will take the hill in Chicago, where Carlos Rodon (who leads the NL in FIP, total hits, and strike in nine innings) and Logan Webb are set to start the series.

The Giants will try to ride these two teams to a streak victory, but they are at a point in the season where they are more focused on preparing for 2023 than on winning matches at the moment. The Cubs will see a steady dose of cornerback David Villar (no relation to Jonathan), a home-run machine who has been the best hitter in the Pacific Coast Triple A this year, as he tries to make his case for being a player every day. player next year. They will be seeing a lot of quarterback Louis Brinson, a former top 15 potential player trying to find his level in San Francisco. They’ll see a lot of Bryce Johnson, a solid defensive player who can steal bases and play defense, but can’t strike very well.

If these uncertain players can make good auditions, the giants can ride the arms of Rodon and Webb to a highly successful series. And if not… well, it might be a pretty boring baseball game from a team that’s too ready for the season to actually be over.

Fun fact

Since 2015, the Cubs have been 15-6 against the Giants at Wrigley Field, but the last time the San Francisco came (last September) the Giants swept a three-game streak. Prior to that, the Cubs swept San Francisco in three games at Wrigley in August 2019.

Likelihood of ad serving match

Friday: Drew Smiley, LHP (5-8, 3.84 ERA, 1,259 WHIP, 4.47 FIP) vs. Carlos Rodon, LHP (12-7, 2.92 ERA, 1,061 whip, 2.33 FIP)

Saturday: Marcus Strowman, RHP (3-6, 3.73 ERA, 1.169 WHIP, 3.72 FIP) vs. Logan Webb, RHP (12-8, 2.89 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, 3.19 FIP)

Sunday: Wade Miley, LHP (1-0, 3.13 ERA, 1.174 WHIP, 3.54 FIP) vs. TBD

Times and TV Channels

Friday: 3:05 p.m. CT, Marquee Sports Network, MLB Network (outside the Cubs and Giants market areas)

Saturday: 1:20 p.m. CT, Marquee Sports Network

Sunday: 7:08 p.m. CT, ESPN

prediction

The Cubs have basically been a .500 team since the All-Stars break (22-23) and the Giants… haven’t (17-29). The Giants are 6-19 on the road since the break and have lost four in a row (and 11 of the last 15) entering the series.

Seriously, the Cubs should win two out of three here.

next one

The Cubs travel to New York for a three-game series against the Mets starting Monday night.

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