The Chicago Cubs (18-32) and San Francisco Giants (27-24) will open up a three-game National League series on Friday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:15 ET
Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants
San Francisco has won three of its last four games, but will look to bounce back from a 4-1 home loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night. The Giants should come into this series feeling fresh, getting a day off on Thursday after completing a stretch of playing 20 consecutive games. Offensively, the team has been led by the play of outfielder Melky Cabrera, who finished May by hitting .429 with 17 RBIs. San Francisco is 10-5 versus left-handed starters this year, with the “under” going 10-4 in those contests.
Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (5-4, 3.14 ERA) has failed to record a win over his last four starts, coming off a 5-3 setback on the road against the Miami Marlins, giving up five runs (four earned) and seven hits over six frames. The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in four home starts this year, issuing just three walks and striking out 16 in 28 frames. In four career outings versus the Cubs, Bumgarner has tallied a 2-1 record and 2.03 ERA, as he’s not surrendered a big fly in 26.2 combined frames.
Chicago is coming off a three-game home sweep of the San Diego Padres, with the offense scoring 24 combined runs in those contests. The Cubs benefited greatly from having the NL’s worst team visit the Windy City, considering they were in the midst of a season-long 12-game losing streak. The club will now spend 10 days on the road, as it hopes outfielder Alfonso Soriano can keep hitting the ball out of the ball park, collecting seven home runs in his last 14 games. Chicago is 2-9 against left-handed starters this season.
Cubs starting pitcher Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.62 ERA) has watched the club drop his last three starts, as he’s allowed 11 earned runs and 20 hits over 17.1 innings over that span. The left-hander has tallied an even 1-1 mark and 5.48 ERA in four road outings, serving up three home runs in 21.1 frames. In eight career starts versus the Giants, Maholm has gone 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA, including an 0-1 mark and 4.30 ERA in four outings at this ball park.
Sports bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 12-2 record in Bumgarner’s last 14 home starts, while the Cubs are 0-8 in their last eight games as an underdog.
Pick: San Francisco Giants -162
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