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Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants Pick & Prediction JULY 31th 2022

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Carlos Rodon will get a chance to renew acquaintances with a former rival when the San Francisco Giants go for a third win in their four-game series against the visiting Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.

The rare four-night weekend series follows a split of a pair of 4-2 decisions and a 5-4 Giants win on Saturday in which the Cubs' three-run ninth inning came up one tally short.

Rodon (8-6, 3.18 ERA) pitched seven seasons for the Chicago White Sox before joining the Giants as a free agent in March.

The 29-year-old lefty has made four starts among five career appearances against the Cubs, going 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA. Included in the starts was one in which he went the first five innings of a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field for the White Sox last August, an outing in which he struck out 11 and allowed just two hits.

Rodon is quite familiar with both Cubs catchers, Willson Contreras and Yan Gomes. Contreras homered off Rodon on the second pitch of their first meeting in 2017, while Gomes is 2-for-16 with two walks, a hit by pitcher and a sacrifice fly against the left-hander.

Contreras and Gomes were both in the lineup in Saturday's loss, with Contreras serving as the designated hitter. He had two hits and an RBI, while Gomes singled and scored twice.

Rodon is winless in his last three starts, having served up 10 runs in 11 innings in his last two. He is coming off a 7-3 loss at Arizona on Tuesday in which he allowed two home runs and five total runs in six innings.

Rodon might get an opportunity to face the newest member of the Cubs, outfielder Zach McKinstry, who was acquired in a trade Saturday with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chicago dealt reliever Chris Martin to the Giants' National League West rival.

"We're short left-handers, especially off the bench," Cubs manager David Ross said of McKinstry, who has recorded a pair of doubles against the Giants in 20 lifetime at-bats against them. "There's some matchups where we haven't been able to maximize the splits of the opposing pitcher. (McKinstry will) give us another multi-faceted player that's got a skill set in a lot of different spots."

While several Cubs are familiar with Rodon, the Giants have no such advantage against Chicago's announced starter, right-hander Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.20). The five-year veteran has yet to face the Giants in his career.

Sampson has pitched effectively in his six starts this season, allowing three or fewer runs in five of them. The 30-year-old threw a season-best seven innings, allowing two runs, without getting a decision in a 3-2 home win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

On a night on which the team retired Will Clark's number, current prospect Joey Bart created a bit of Giants' history Saturday with a 114.3-mph home run, the hardest hit homer by a Giant in the Statcast era (since 2015).

"That's pretty cool," he admitted afterward. "I don't know if I've ever hit one that hard. Got a good pitch to hit.

"Ultimately, it was a good win. Kinda close there at the end, not really how we wanted to play it, but we got the job done."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Chicago Cubs
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5
San Francisco Giants

Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants Recap JUN 6TH 2021

Patrick Wisdom hit a pair of home runs to continue his torrid start to the season, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 4-3 win over the host San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon.

Wisdom's multi-homer performance gave him seven home runs in only 13 games this season. The 29-year-old helped the Cubs salvage the series finale and avoid a four-game sweep.

LaMonte Wade Jr. homered for the Giants, who lost for only the second time in their last nine contests. Buster Posey and Donovan Solano had one RBI apiece for San Francisco.

Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (7-4) gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked three and fanned five.

Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto (4-2) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his 14th save.

The Giants grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Wade opened the frame with a solo shot to left field for his third home run, and Solano delivered an RBI single to right field later in the inning to drive in Posey.

The Cubs cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second on Wisdom's solo home run to center field.

An RBI double by Posey increased San Francisco's lead to 3-1 during the bottom of the second. His drive to deep right-center field scored Mauricio Dubon, who reached base on a leadoff double and advanced to third on a groundout by Cueto.

In the fourth, Wisdom struck again to even the score at 3. He belted a two-run shot an estimated 422 feet to center field for his second homer of the game.

An error by Posey allowed the Cubs to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth. The miscue allowed Hendricks to score on a fielder's choice groundout by Javier Baez.

Dubon nearly tied the game in the ninth with a deep drive. Cubs left fielder Kris Bryant followed the ball to the warning track and reached up to make the catch.

--Field Level Media

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