NL Divisional Series: Giants vs. Cubs — TV, start time, pitchers

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Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner pitched a shutout in a NL wild-card diversion opposite a Mets.
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A demeanour during a best-of-five National League Division Series between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs:

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Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, during Chicago (9:15 p.m., FS1); Game 2, Saturday, during Chicago (8:08 p.m., MLB Network); Game 3, Monday, Oct. 10, during San Francisco (TBA, FS1 or MLB Network); x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 11, during San Francisco (TBA, FS1); x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 13, during Chicago (TBA, FS1).

x-if necessary.

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Season Series: Cubs won 4-3.

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Projected Lineups:

Giants: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HRs, 52 RBIs, 12 SBs), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17, 82, 41 2Bs, 104 BBs), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80, 33 2Bs), RF Hunter Pence(.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), LF Angel Pagan (.277, 12, 55, 15 SBs), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), 3B Conor Gillaspie (.262, 6, 25) or Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins).

Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler (.276, 13, 48), 3B or LF Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102, 121 runs, 176 hits), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109, 170 hits), 2B or LF Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), C Miguel Montero (.216, 8, 33) or Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35 in 76 games) or David Ross (.229, 10, 32), 2B or 3B or SS Javier Baez (.273, 14, 59).

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Starting Pitchers:

Giants: RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79 ERA), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Rays and Giants), LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74, 251 Ks), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81).

Cubs: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44, 197 Ks), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, MLB-best 2.13), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35).

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Relievers:

Giants: RH Sergio Romo (1-0, 2.64, 4/4 saves), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13, 1 save), LH Javier Lopez (1-3, 4.05, 1 save, .211 BA vs LH hitters), LH Will Smith (2-4, 3.35 with Giants and Brewers), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10, 3 saves), RH Santiago Casilla (2-5, 3.57, 31/40 saves), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21 in 16 games).

Cubs: LH Aroldis Chapman (4-1, 1.55, 36/39 saves, 90 Ks, 58 IP for Yankees and Cubs), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 saves), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RHTrevor Cahill (4-4, 2.74), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75, 2 saves), RH Justin Grimm(2-1, 4.10), LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52, 7 starts, 49 games for Mariners and Cubs), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95).

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Matchups:

This is a second postseason assembly between a teams. San Francisco kick Chicago 4-1 to win the 1989 NLCS. … The Cubs won 103 games in a unchanging season, 16 some-more than San Francisco. … The Giants took dual of 3 meetings during home in May, afterwards a Cubs won 3 of 4 at Wrigley Field in September. The final 5 games were all motionless by one run. … The Cubs have energy arms on their staff and their 1,441 strikeouts in a unchanging deteriorate were a third-most in baseball. The Giants flower on contact, distinguished out a second-fewest times though attack a third-fewest homers. … Bumgarner is 8-2 with a 2.25 ERA opposite a Cubs, including 7 2/3 innings to outduel Hendricks for a 1-0 win May 22. … Cueto authorised one run in 7 innings on Sept. 4 usually to have Casilla blow a 2-1 lead in a ninth. Chicago won in 13 innings. … Rizzo is 3 for 25 with 8 Ks opposite Cueto. … Chapman is 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA and 4 saves with 27 Ks in 16 1/3 innings opposite a Giants. Posey is 5 for 10 with dual doubles off Chapman, a many hits for any actor opposite a Cubs closer. … The tip 5 hitters in San Francisco’s lineup are a total 9 for 71 with 21 Ks and usually one extra-base strike off Arrieta. … Lopez has hold Heyward to one strike in 11 ABs with 5 Ks. … Fowler is 0 for 10 with 6 Ks in his career opposite Romo. … Samardzija pitched six-plus seasons for a Cubs before removing traded in 2014 to Oakland in a understanding that brought Russell to Chicago.

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Big Picture:

Giants: After heading a majors with a 57-33 record during a All-Star break, San Francisco (87-75) stumbled to a finish and scarcely missed out wholly on a postseason. The Giants finished a unchanging deteriorate with their initial four-game winning strain of a second half to kick out St. Louis by one diversion for a second NL furious card. Now that San Francisco is in, manager Bruce Bochy’s group hopes to extend a even-year kismet that led to World Series titles in 2010, ’12 and ’14. … The Giants started these playoffs a same approach they did dual years ago, with a highway shutout by Bumgarner in a wild-card win. The 3-0 feat over a Mets was San Francisco’s ninth true when confronting postseason elimination. The Giants outscored a antithesis 50-11 in those games. … The Giants have won all 11 postseason rounds underneath Bochy, relating manager Joe Torre and a 1998-2001 New York Yankees for a longest strain in vital joining history. … The bullpen was a biggest emanate in a second half, with a group environment a authorization record by losing 9 games it led after 8 innings, including 5 in September. … Posey strike usually 3 HRs in his final 63 games though picked adult his opening late with 12 RBIs in a final 9 games of a unchanging season. … Pence, who missed 48 games with a hamstring injury, had a clever finish, batting .340 over his final 24 games. … San Francisco committed a vital league-low 72 errors, with Crawford personification mistake-free invulnerability in his final 43 games during shortstop. … Nunez has been out given Sept. 25 with a hamstring injury, so Gillaspie could get a curtsy again during third base. He strike a three-run homer off All-Star closerJeurys Familia in a ninth inning of a wild-card diversion in New York after a clever final week during a unchanging deteriorate that helped lift San Francisco into a playoffs.

Cubs: Is this a year a Cubs during prolonged final win a World Series? Chicago (103-58) comes into a playoffs with a best record in a majors and a large, vehement fan bottom watchful anxiously and anticipating opposite wish that a initial championship given 1908 is finally on a way. The Cubs began a year with mountainous expectations entrance off a run to a NL Championship Series and proceeded to browbeat like no other group this year, jumping out to a 25-6 start on a approach to a exile pretension in a NL Central underneath second-year manager Joe Maddon. … After winning NL Rookie of a Year last season, Bryant is a favorite for MVP along with Rizzo. Bryant assimilated Rogers Hornsby (1929), Hack Wilson (1930) and Derrek Lee (2005) as a usually players in authorization story with during slightest 120 runs, 35 doubles, 39 homers and 100 RBIs. … Hendricks and Lester became a initial teammates to run 1-2 in a majors in ERA given Houston pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte in 2005. Both figure to get clever care for the NL Cy Young Award, that Arrieta won final year. … Lester matched his career high for wins. … Cubs pitchers led a majors with a 3.15 ERA. They gave adult a fewest runs (556) and hits (1,125). … On offense, Chicago was third in runs (808) and second in on-base commission (.343).

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Watch For:

MadBum. The Giants have baseball’s biggest Oct star on their side in Bumgarner. He has thrown 23 true scoreless innings in a postseason and is 6-1 with a 0.79 ERA and 3 shutouts in his final 9 postseason outings. He’ll be on unchanging rest in Game 3 and could be used in service if a array goes 5 games as he was when he pitched 5 scoreless innings to save Game 7 of the 2014 World Series in Kansas City.

The Target. The Cubs won 97 games in a dermatitis deteriorate final year and separated Pittsburgh and St. Louis in a playoffs before removing swept by a Mets. Back then, a Cubs were a heroic upstart. Not this time. They showed adult for open training bolstered by a additions of Heyward, Zobrist and Lackey, and with a neat new aphorism coined by Maddon: “Embrace a Target.” The word went on a T-shirt, and a Cubs could not have ragged it any improved during a unchanging season. They won a multiplication by 17 1/2 games and finished with 8 some-more wins than any other team. They had a abyss and flexibility to withstand injuries and a intrepidity to lift out 14 wins in their final at-bat. But how good will they wear that aim underneath measureless vigour this postseason?

Closing Time. The bullpen that played such a pivotal purpose in San Francisco’s new World Series championships melted down in a second half. Casilla tied for a many blown saves in a majors with 9 and mislaid his job. After struggling to find a replacement, Bochy went to Romo, a closer during a 2012 pretension run. He successfully converted all 4 save opportunities in a final dual weeks.

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