The San Francisco Giants will host the Chicago Cubs in the three-game series finale Wednesday afternoon from Oracle Park. The Cubs will give the starting nod to 35-year old left-hander Jon Lester, and the Giants will hand the ball to 26-year old right-hander Tyler Beede. The Giants have won the first two games of this series.
Lester Seeks Third Win in Last Four Starts
The Cubs will give the call to Jon Lester for the 29th time of the season in this one. Lester wasn’t sharp in his latest effort, allowing four runs on 12 hits in six innings against the Padres, leading to a no-decision in a 6-5 Cubs’ win. The 13-year veteran left-hander is having another outstanding season, registering a 3.87 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP paired with a 9-6 record in 107 innings pitched. Lester has dominated the Giants throughout his career, sporting a 5-1 record and a stifling 2.00 ERA in six starts. Brandon Belt is 0 for 9 against Lester, while Brandon Crawford is 4 for 14, and Pablo Sandoval is 0 for 6.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 23, 2019
Javier Baez continues to shine at the dish in the number two spot in the batting order, belting two homers along with four RBI’s in his last four games. The sixth-year shortstop has lifted his average to .288 to go with 24 homers and 67 RBI’s. Baez went 0 for 4 in Monday’s series-opening loss against the Giants on Monday night. Cubs’ catcher Willson Contreras is questionable for this one with a foot injury.
The Cubs are currently averaging a solid 5.06 runs on the year, placing them 12th in the Major Leagues. The Chicago pitching staff possesses a 4.08 team ERA, good for ninth in the Majors. The Cubs are 18-29 on the road this season.
Beede Spins Gem in Tough No Decision vs. Mets
Tyler Beede will get the nod for the 13th time of the year, hunting for his third win of July. Beede was flawless in his previous performance, tossing eight shutout innings of three-hit ball against the Mets, however, he received no run support in a tough no-decision in a 1-0 Giants’ win. The second-year right-hander has turned his season around after a shaky start, and he enters this one with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP accompanied with a 3-3 record in 59.1 innings of action. This will mark his first career meeting against the Cubs. Beede has only issued one walk in his last three starts spanning 21.2 innings.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) July 23, 2019
Giants’ veteran Buster Posey has fared well against Cubs’ starter Jon Lester, recording a .316 average with two RBI’s in 19 career at-bats. The 32-year old catcher is playing well, driving in six runs in his last eight games, and he is currently hitting .259 with five home runs and 28 RBI’s. Posey went 0 for 1 in Tuesday’s series opener. Evan Longoria remains out of the Giants lineup.
The Giants are only averaging 4.43 runs per game on the season, ranking them 23rd in the Major Leagues. The San Francisco pitching staff is carrying a 4.40 team ERA, pegging them 14th in the Majors. The Giants own a 25-27 home record.
The Chicago Cubs are:
- 7-3 in their last 10 games overall.
- 4-1 in Lester’s last 5 starts against the Giants.
- 5-1 in Lester’s last 6 Wednesday starts.
The San Francisco Giants are:
- 6-16 in their last 22 Wednesday games.
- 16-35 in their last 51 games in the third game of a series.