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Chicago Cubs vs San Francisco Giants: Lineups, preview, & prediction (August 8, 2017)

After a game that was closer than it should have been last night, can the Cubs put away the struggling Giants? Or will they slip up?


The Cubs took a 5-3 win in the first game of the series last night, though it was far from comfortable. Two runs came home in the second inning on the back of a Javier Baez inside-the-park home run to deep right field to give the Cubs the early lead.

That lead would be extended to 5-0 in the sixth, before a first homer for Ryder Jones off Jake Arrieta cut the lead to 5-2. Another run in the seventh chased Arrieta, but the Cubs bullpen was able to lock down the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one base runner to take home another win.

Game 2 Starters – Jose Quintana (LHP) vs Ty Blach (LHP)

Quintana’s last start was his worst as a Cub by far, as he gave up six runs and three homers against the Diamondbacks. However, his previous three starts for the Cubbies had been strong, and this Giants lineup is very much not the D-Backs.

Quintana is posting a 4.42 ERA for the year, with a 1.262 WHIP and 9.8 K/9, he could have a field day against the poor Giants lineup, but he does get into trouble with walks, and if he issues a few too many he could pay the price.

Ty Blach is doing well for his first full season in the Majors. With 18 starts under his belt and a 4.24 ERA, along with a 1.298 WHIP and a minuscule 0.7 HR/9, he has been a bright spot in a poor season for the Giants. The question is if he can maintain his run. He is far from a strikeout pitcher, posting a 4.5 K/9, and is relying on his defense to convert his 45.3% groundball rate into outs.

Lineups

Cubs LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Jay, LF2.300.389
Bryant, 3B20.277.390
Rizzo, 1B26.264.389
Contreras, C21.277.344
Zobrist, 2B8.222.315
Almora Jr, CF4.275.327
Heyward, RF8.258.313
Baez, SS16.268.311
Quintana, P0.125.111

Giants LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Span, CF7.268.317
Tomlinson, SS0.257.333
Posey, 1B11.320.410
Pence, RF9.251.295
Hundley, C5.271.292
Gomez, 2B0.250.242
Parker, LF1.289.325
Jones, 3B1.128.190
Blach, P1.176.237

Who’s hot, and who’s not

Willson Contreras has been a monster in the last two weeks, smashing six homers and picking up a .327 average. Supporting him in the last few weeks has been Javier Baez with four homers, though a disappointing .243 average, and Anthony Rizzo who has a hit .362 over the last 15 days and picked up a trio of homers.

The lack of power in the Giants lineup is palpable. The only healthy player with multiple homers in the last two weeks is Hunter Pence (3), and while Jarrett Parker is 8-for-17 in that time frame and Buster Posey is hitting .326, the lack of power has made scoring runs extremely tough for them.

Prediction: Cubs 5 – 2 Giants

Quintana shouldn’t have much of a problem keeping the Giants down tonight, and the Cubs bats are in with a chance of really going off tonight. The Giants aren’t going anywhere this year and the Cubs, at just 1.5 games ahead in the NL Central, need this win badly.

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

Chicago Cubs vs San Francisco Giants: Lineups, preview, & prediction (August 8, 2017)

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