- JOC POP: Joc Pederson has homered in each of the first two games of this series, as well as the last game he played in San Francisco in 2020. He looks to become just the third visiting player to homer in four straight games at Oracle Park since it opened in 2000. The others: Dan Uggla (2009-10) and Ryan Braun (2010-12).
- WHAT A RELIEF: Dan Winkler has posted a 0.44 ERA (one earned run in 20⅔ innings) in his first 23 relief appearances to start the season. That is the lowest ERA for a Cubs pitcher in his first 23 outings in season since the earned run was created in 1912, surpassing Brian Duensing’s 0.54 ERA in his first 23 outings of 2018. (H/T: Ed Hartig)
- HOME RUN NEWS: Cubs outfielders have combined for 28 home runs this season, tied for fourth-most among any MLB outfield behind the Reds (40), Rangers (32) and Athletics (30).
- CATCHING HELP WANTED: Willson Contreras leads the majors with 49 games, 47 starts and 399 innings at catcher. Christian Vazquez of the Red Sox is second with 375⅓ innings caught.
Here are today’s particulars.
Giants' lineup vs. Cubs:— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) June 5, 2021
LaMonte Wade Jr. – 1B
Alex Dickerson – LF
Evan Longoria – 3B
Brandon Crawford – SS
Steven Duggar – CF
Mike Tauchman – RF
Jason Vosler – 2B
Chadwick Tromp – C
Kevin Gausman – RHP
Kohl Stewart, RHP vs. Kevin Gausman, RHP
You all know about Kohl Stewart’s solid first Cubs outing last Monday vs. the Padres, five innings, one unearned run. He threw 64 pitches. Possibly, he could go more than five innings today.
He has never faced the Giants and the only Giant who has ever seen him — Mike Tauchman — is just 0-for-1. Perhaps that will be to his advantage.
He’ll have to be on his best game, because Kevin Gausman has been nearly lights-out in 11 starts this year. Gausman was always a decent starter, but nothing like this, a 1.40 ERA and 0.807 WHIP in 70⅔ innings. He’s allowed one or no runs in 10 of the 11 starts and currently has a 17-inning scoreless streak. One more note about Gausman:
Jacob deGrom and Kevin Gausman have had 8 straight starts of 5+ innings allowing no more than 1 ER. Only three pitchers over the last 100 years had 9+ straight starts like that within a season: Bob Gibson in 1968 (11), Bill Gullickson in 1986 (9), and Jake Arrieta in 2015 (9). pic.twitter.com/SdgAVvrk40— Elias Sports Bureau (@EliasSports) June 5, 2021
You’ll certainly remember Jake Arrieta’s run in 2015. The Cubs were involved one of the other two streaks mentioned — they were shut out by Bob Gibson June 20, 1968 as part of that 11-start run.
Historically, though, the Cubs have done well against Gausman. He has made four appearances (three starts) against them with a 12.00 ERA, 1.750 WHIP and eight home runs allowed in 12 innings.
Current Cubs are a small-sample-size 12-for-42 (.286) against Gausman with three home runs (Javier Báez, Willson Contreras, Joc Pederson).
So maybe this will be the Cubs’ night.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.