Slumping Giants look to end 3-game slide against Cubs

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
 
 
Posted8/22/2019 7:00 AM

San Francisco Giants (63-64, third in the NL West) vs. Chicago Cubs (68-58, first in the NL Central)

Chicago; Thursday, 2 p.m. EDT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Jeff Samardzija (9-9, 3.54 ERA) Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (8-9, 3.37 ERA)

BOTTOM LINE: San Francisco enters the matchup as losers of their last three games.

The Cubs are 43-19 on their home turf. Chicago has a collective on-base percentage of .329, good for fourth in the National League. Anthony Rizzo leads the team with a mark of .398.

The Giants are 34-31 on the road. San Francisco hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .305 this season, led by Brandon Belt with a mark of .337. The Cubs won the last meeting 12-11. Brandon Kintzler secured his third victory and Nicholas Castellanos went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for Chicago. Reyes Moronta registered his seventh loss for San Francisco.

TOP PERFORMERS: Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 82 RBIs and is batting .284. Castellanos has 16 hits and is batting .381 over the last 10 games for Chicago.

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Kevin Pillar leads the Giants with 19 home runs home runs and is slugging .454. Evan Longoria is 15-for-37 with a double, three home runs and 12 RBIs over the last 10 games for San Francisco.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 5-5, .232 batting average, 5.23 ERA, outscored by 10 runs

Giants: 6-4, .287 batting average, 5.56 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs

Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: (hand), Brandon Morrow: (elbow), Craig Kimbrel: (knee), Kendall Graveman: (elbow), Xavier Cedeno: (wrist), Daniel Descalso: (ankle), Willson Contreras: (hamstring).

Giants Injuries: Johnny Cueto: (elbow), Shaun Anderson: (finger), Steven Duggar: (shoulder), Pablo Sandoval: (elbow).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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