One of these days, it will stop raining in Chicago. Today, though, is probably not "one of these days."
The forecast says there's only a 30 percent chance of rain in the area around Wrigley Field. I'll believe that when I see it not raining.
Here are today’s particulars.
Baez 2B, Almora CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Happ LF, Heyward RF, Russell SS, Montero C, Hendricks P
Yes, this lineup looks odd and Javier Baez really isn't a leadoff hitter. But maybe it will work against the Giants lefthander tonight.
Span CF, Panik 2B, Belt 1B, Posey C, Crawford SS, Nunez LF, Arroyo 3B, Williamson RF, Moore P
Kyle Hendricks vs. Matt Moore
Kyle Hendricks, last five starts: 1.82 ERA in 29⅔ innings, 1.146 WHIP. That sounds more like the Kyle of last year than he was over his first three outings. No current Giants hitter has more than nine career at-bats against him. He faced the Giants in Game 2 of last year's division series, in which he got pulled early (3⅔ innings) after allowing a pair of runs -- and driving in two with a single. Hendricks is much better at Wrigley Field (2.37 lifetime ERA, 40 starts) than on the road (3.52 lifetime ERA, 43 starts).
The last time we saw Matt Moore, he was carving up Cubs hitters in Game 4 of the 2016 division series. You all know the end result of that one. Moore has had several good starts and a few bad ones, making his overall numbers look poor. He has a 2.89 ERA and 1.446 WHIP in his last three starts, which is an improvement. That division series game last year is the only time Moore has ever faced the Cubs or anyone on the current roster. Moore allowed only two hits to the Cubs that night: a single by Anthony Rizzo and a homer by David Ross.
Hopefully, they'll do better against him tonight.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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