Expert Cappers Picks
Major League Baseball
Preview
San Francisco at Chi. Cubs
When: 7:15 PM ET, Saturday, May 26, 2018
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

The road has not been kind to the San Francisco Giants, who are off to an 0-3 start on their eight-game trip and have dropped nine of their last 10 away from home. They’re playing in a tough place to reverse that trend, too, as they head into the middle contest of their three-game series against the host Chicago Cubs on Saturday.



The Cubs snapped their four-game home skid with a 6-2 win in Friday’s series opener, improving to 11-2 against the Giants at Wrigley Field since 2015. San Francisco has been outscored 70-25 over its last 10 road games, including 21-5 in the first three of the current trek. The Cubs snapped out of their recent funk with runners in scoring position, recording four hits in those situations on Friday - including Ben Zobrist’s tiebreaking two-run double with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and Kris Bryant’s two-run single with two outs in the frame. Chicago went just 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position in its previous two games.

TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, FOX



PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Chris Stratton (5-3, 4.92 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jose Quintana (5-3, 4.47)

Stratton has failed to go beyond five innings in his last three starts, but he has notched the victory in each of his last two outings. The 27-year-old has registered only two strikeouts while issuing four walks in his last two turns. Stratton is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts on the road this season.

Quintana has been wildly inconsistent, alternating strong outings with disappointing ones over the past month. The 29-year-old Colombian is coming off a victory at Cincinnati in which he allowed one hit and four walks with seven strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. Quintana is 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA in two career starts against the Giants.



WALK-OFFS

1. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo has gone 8-for-29 during his seven-game hitting streak and has walked 11 times in his last 13 contests.

2. Giants OF Gorkys Hernandez has gone 10-for-26 during his seven-game hitting streak and has belted three home runs in his last six contests.

3. Chicago CF Albert Almora is 16-for-41 over his last 13 games.



PREDICTION: Cubs 5, Giants 3


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Francisco 24-27 L3 14-10 10-17 5-5 3-4 13-14 3-4
Chi. Cubs 26-21 W1 14-10 12-11 7-5 12-9 4-3 3-4
Last Meeting
San Francisco Chi. Cubs
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/25/18 SF 2 CHC 6 .129 1 .432 .276 0 .710
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco G. Hernandez .500 2 1.750
Chi. Cubs A. Russell .667 2 1.333
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco G. Hernandez 1 1 1
Chi. Cubs B. Zobrist 0 2 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 5.62 .129 7
Chi. Cubs 2.00 .276 11
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Belt .316 54 .998
Chi. Cubs A. Almora Jr. .311 41 .790
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco B. Belt 11 29 29
Chi. Cubs J. Baez 11 29 38
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 4.48 .256 378
Chi. Cubs 3.34 .257 416