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Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants Preview, Sunday 5/15, 1:20 CT: Who'll Stop The Rain?

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Saturday's postponement in Cleveland of the Mariners/Indians game was MLB's 22nd postponement of this season -- which isn't even two months old. The Cubs have already had two, which is two more than they had the entire 2010 season.

Via Maury Brown at Biz of Baseball, here's a list of all rainouts in MLB for the last decade, complete through last Wednesday (the Seattle/Cleveland rainout Saturday is the only one not included in that list, raising the Indians' total to 24).

The Cubs have had 18 postponements over the last 10 years, averaging just short of two per year, so they're at that average now. That doesn't include, of course, games delayed by rain or games played, like Saturday night's, in conditions completely unsuitable for baseball.

Which appears to be the case again today, with rain and windy conditions threatening postponement.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
Carlos Zambrano
Cubs
vs. Tim Lincecum
Tim Lincecum
Giants
4-1 W-L 3-3
4.35 ERA 2.11
36 SO 66
16 BB 18
4 HR 2
vs. SF -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Carlos Zambrano 4-1 8 8 0 0 0 0 51.2 47 25 25 4 16 36 4.35 1.22


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Tim Lincecum 3-3 8 8 0 0 0 0 55.1 39 14 13 2 18 66 2.11 1.03

After Carlos Zambrano returned last August, he made two starts against the Giants, one in San Francisco and one in Wrigley Field -- both wins, and both very good, although with a few too many walks (12 in 11 innings), but only seven hits allowed. Both resulted in no-decisions. The current Giant with the best career numbers against him is Z's former teammate Mark DeRosa: 4-for-11 (.364). Aubrey Huff is only 1-for-6 against him, but Z has walked him six times.

The Cubs hit Tim Lincecum really hard in San Francisco last August, and defeated him on August 10, the only game the Cubs won in that four-game series. Kosuke Fukudome homered in that game. Lincecum also lost to the Cubs in September 2009, so he hasn't defeated them since May 5, 2009 at Wrigley Field. He hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts, but has only a win and a no-decision to show for those, largely due to a lack of run support (he ranks 59th of 74 qualified starters in the NL in run support, only 3.5 per start). Former NL West player Blake DeWitt has hit him well: 6-for-15 (.400).

Today's game is on WGN and CSN Bay Area. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Giants site McCovey Chronicles.

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 1:15 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm and 4 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.