You're probably getting as tired of seeing this as I'm getting tired of posting it:
Again, with this being the only visit of the Giants to Wrigley and not many feasible makeup dates, they will likely do whatever they can to get this one in.
Here are today’s particulars.
Zobrist 2B, Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Happ CF, Heyward RF, Contreras C, Russell SS, Lester P
Panik 2B, Arroyo 3B, Belt 1B, Posey C, Ruggiano RF, Crawford SS, Nunez LF, Hernandez CF, Cueto P
Jon Lester vs. Johnny Cueto
The last time these pitchers matched up was Game 1 of last year's NLDS. Both threw eight innings. Cueto was dominant, striking out eight, but Javier Baez's homer was the difference in the 1-0 Cubs win. Lester struck out five and didn't walk anyone.
You all know the story of how Joe Maddon and the Cubs didn't want to face Cueto again. Now they will under very different circumstances. Both teams are struggling, and Cueto doesn't have overall good numbers. He has made some good starts this year, but has also allowed eight home runs in nine starts, and allowed at least four runs in four of his nine outings.
Lester has also struggled at times this year. He has a 4.89 ERA and 1.543 WHIP over his last six starts. However, he's been much better at Wrigley (2.03 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, five starts) than on the road (5.73 ERA, 1.909 WHIP, four starts). So that's good. Cueto has been marginally worse away from San Francisco (4.94 ERA on road, 4.04 ERA at home).
Today's game is on CSN Chicago. It’s also on ESPN (outside the Chicago and San Francisco markets). The earlier-than-usual starting time was requested by ESPN.
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