The Cubs and Giants gave us a monumental pitching matchup in Game 1, with an eighth-inning Javier Baez home run eventually being a disproportion in a 1-0 Cubs victory. We’re now set for Game 2 in Wrigley Field with a Cubs holding a 1-0 array lead.
The quick-and-dirty details:
Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
TV: MLB Network
Live streaming: MLB.tv (full sum in that link)
Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13) vs. Giants
Though we consider he eventually falls usually short, Hendricks is in a brew to win a NL Cy Young after heading majors in ERA and ERA+ (188). He struck out 170 in 190 innings, so while that rate isn’t bad, he’s some-more a pitch-to-soft-contact guy. In fact, he led a majors in soft-contact commission this season. With a stellar invulnerability behind him, he’ll demeanour to perplex a Giants by inducing them into diseased grounders and popups all night.
The Giants saw Hendricks once this year, on May 22, and he authorised usually one run on 3 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Why a discerning hook? Because Madison Bumgarner was figure a Cubs adult and a domain of blunder was low. That came in San Francisco. This time around it’ll be in Wrigley Field, where Hendricks was 9-2 with a 1.32 ERA and 0.86 WHIP this season.
Hendricks was also absurd in a second half, going 9-2 with a 1.68 ERA and 0.92 WHIP after a All-Star break.
No Giants actor has faced him some-more than 9 times, so a matchup information wouldn’t be useful. Want a small-sample stud? Brandon Belt is 3 for 7 with a triple and home run opposite Hendricks.
Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81) vs. Cubs
This is a fun one, since Samardzija was a Cubs’ ace during a rebuilding duration and finished adult being shipped to a A’s in 2014 as partial of a large understanding that sent Addison Russell to a Cubs. Now opposite a bay, Samardzija had a most improved year than in 2015, posting a 108 ERA+, 1.20 WHIP and 167 strikeouts in 203 1/3 innings.
While he can be widespread during times, he’s also receptive to a prolonged ball, quite when he’s divided from atmospheric ATT Park. In 18 starts divided from home this season, Samardzija had a 4.03 ERA with 17 home runs allowed, compared to a home symbol of 3.53 with usually 7 gopher balls.
He faced a Cubs in Wrigley on Sept. 1, and yet he kept a round in a yard, he authorised 3 runs on 5 hits and was private after 4 innings.
The good news for a Giants, though, is that altogether Samardzija was good down a stretch, pitching to a 2.45 ERA in his final 10 starts. He put adult a season-high 11 strikeouts in his final outing, so he’s a bit of a “hot hand” man here.
Three Cubs have faced Samardzija during slightest 15 times:
Might Chris Coghlan get a start? He’s 4 for 11 with a double and dual homers opposite Shark.