San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs NLDS Game 1 Preview

Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
When: Friday, October 7, 2016, 9:00 PM ET
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TV Broadcast: FS1, MLB Network

Giants vs Cubs Game 1 Preview

Will this finally be the year that the Chicago Cubs end their enduring misery of not winning a World Series since 1908? Many baseball fans believe so, especially with how the Cubs’ latest campaign went down. What will it be this time? A goat? A black cat? Blame it on a fan?

About the San Francisco Giants Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.78 ERA)

The even-year magic for the San Francisco Giants was kept alive after they escaped from New York with a 3-0 victory over the Mets on Wednesday night in the winner-take-all National League Wild Card game.

Up next is another one of the team’s solid aces, Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.78 ERA), to try and steal home-field advantage from the Chicago Cubs this Friday. Having Cueto pitch a gem in Game 1 is imperative for San Francisco, and he’s certainly capable of doing so. Cueto racked up 198 Ks this season (sixth in the NL), and he has also stunningly held Chicago’s batters to a combined lifetime batting average of .184.

On offense the Giants ranked 19th in the majors in runs scored during the regular season, and that simply can’t cut it against a powerhouse Cubs team. During the regular season the Giants won three of seven games against the Cubs this season.

About the Chicago Cubs Jon Lester (19-5, 2.24 ERA)

The Chicago Cubs had an MLB best 103 wins this regular season, and there were times that it seemed truly unbeatable. Of all things this season one that really shows the separation between the Cubs and the rest of baseball was thier plus-252 run differential. They finished in the top five of these offensive categories (third in runs scored; third in on-base percentage) as well as basically having led the entire league in pitching. They were tops in team ERA (3.15), opponent batting average (2.12) and quality starts (100) at that.

Speaking of quality starts, there’s no better ace that Chicago would want to trot out for Game 1 other than Jon Lester (19-5, 2.24 ERA). The NL Cy Young candidate trailed only Washington’s Max Scherzer for the most wins in the National League, and only fellow teammate Kyle Hendricks for the best earned run average this season. Furthermore, Lester’s only allowed a total of 10 runs and two homers lifetime against Giants batters in 118 at-bats.

Giants vs Cubs Game 1 Prediction:

The Cubs were the best regular season team in baseball this year. However, the regular season is over and they are going against the best post season team in baseball this decade. Another even year win for the Giants? Lets look at the pitchers and you have one guy who got a World Series ring last year with Kansas City and another one who is a bit of a headcase. I just can’t get past Jon Lester and his inability to throw over to first base. In the regular season when your team is winning games by 4 or 5 runs it really doesn’t matter. In the playoffs where they will be a lot of tight games. It is a real liability. I guess the best way to some up this game is Clutch vs Choker.

Giants vs Cubs Pick: Giants on the money line

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