Game Forty-Nine – Cubs (18-30) vs. Giants (32-18)
- Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco
Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 1.46/1.09/2.86) vs. Yusmeiro Petit (3-1, 4.76/1.29/3.44)
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The Cubs begin a very difficult week of games today. The Cubs have six more games remaining on the current three-city, 10-game, 11-day road trip and both series are against first place teams. The Cubs will spend the next three days by the Bay taking on the team with the best record in baseball, the San Francisco Giants. The three-city trek wraps up next weekend with three in Miller Park following Thursday’s day off.
The Cubs let a chance slip away Sunday to win their first road series since last September in Cincinnati. The Cubs split the four games in San Diego and are 0-9-3 in their last 12 series outside of Wrigley Field.
Jeff Samardzija will try to start the series in San Francisco off on a positive note this afternoon. Samardzija has done his part all season and he will have to keep it up today against Yusmeiro Petit and a very good Giants team. Matt Cain was scheduled to pitch this afternoon but he has been skipped this time through the rotation due to a nagging hamstring injury.
Following this afternoon’s matchup of Jeff Samardzija and Yusmeiro Petit, Jake Arrieta is scheduled to square off against Tim Hudson under the lights on Tuesday night. Edwin Jackson and Tim Lincecum are scheduled to pitch the finale on Wednesday afternoon.
The Giants are 17-8 at AT & T Park this season and are nowhere near the team that the Cubs beat four out of seven times last season.
This afternoon all begins with Jeff Samardzija …
Jeff Samardzija is coming off an excellent outing and another no decision after the bullpen and the defense were not able to hold the lead in the ninth inning against the Yankees. Samardzija tossed seven innings of shutout ball and gave up four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. It is hard to pitch better than Jeff Samardzija has over his last four starts.
In his last 27 innings (four starts), Samardzija has allowed five runs, two earned, on 15 hits with eight walks and 23 strikeouts (0.67 ERA, 0.85 WHIP) and has limited the White Sox, Braves, Brewers and Yankees to a .161 batting average.
Jeff Samardzija is 0-1 in four starts outside of Wrigley Field this season with a 1.40 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP and he will make his third career start versus the Giants this afternoon.
Samardzija is 0-1 in seven career appearances, two starts, against the Giants with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. In one career start, two games, at AT & T Park, Samardzija has allowed two runs on nine hits with five walks and nine strikeouts (2.84 ERA, 2.21 WHIP) … last season, Samardzija gave up two runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts over six innings in his only game against the Giants (3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP).
Giants Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija
Yusmeiro Petit is filling in for the sidelined Matt Cain this afternoon. Petit will make his fourth start of the season after last pitching out of the pen in Colorado on May 21 (five days). Petit tossed three scoreless innings and gave up two hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Petit kept the Padres off the board for six innings back on April 29 with four strikeouts and no walks. But he struggled mightily in his last starts on May 16. The Marlins scored five runs, four earned, on seven hits off of Petit in five innings.
Yusmeiro Petit is a strike thrower and will not walk many batters (eight in 34 innings this season) and he’s had a lot of success in his home park (2-1 in eight games with a 2.29 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP) this season. Petit makes his fifth career start against the Cubs this afternoon.
Yusmeiro Petit is 2-1 in six career appearances, four starts, against the Cubs with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Yusmeiro Petit
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