The Cubs are home for the last time and they are going to play an exciting six games. The first series will be against the San Francisco Giants, and the Giants are hoping to go to the playoffs. The Cubs have just won six games in a row all on the road.
Baily Stephens has posted an article on the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Playoff-hopeful Giants meet surging Cubs.” The Cubs aren’t really afraid of anyone right now. They are very confident in themselves, and I frankly think they can take the Giants.
The biggest problem for the Giants right now is the fact that starting for the Cubs will be Carlos Zambrano. Since he has come back from the restricted list and taken anger management, he has been on fire. In his last 10 starts, he has compiled a record of 6-0 with an ERA of 1.83.
Zambrano’s overall numbers are a 9-6 record with a 3.75 ERA. However, against the Giants, he is 5-1 with an ERA of 2.83 and, as I just said, he has been on fire in his last few games.
Going for San Francisco will be Matt Cain. His record is 12-10 with an ERA of 3.08. He has been as tough on the Cubs as Zambrano has been on the Giants. Cain’s record against the Cubs is 5-2 with an ERA of 2.61.
Both Cain and Zambrano have been extremely tough in their last three games. Cain is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.86 and 19 strikeouts. Zambrano is 3-0 with a miniscule 1.25 ERA and he has struck out 20.
Who is going to win? I have to say the Cubs. Manager Quade has been “near-genius” in the way that he has blended new talent with veterans. They are all very excited now. Further, while the pitching matches up, the Giants have really struggling to get runs.
The Cubs will try to spoil the Giants’ hopes for a playoff and then they will try to bury the Cardinals. They have won five games in St. Louis, so they will be looking to set some more records. They have manhandled them in a way that they haven’t done since back in 1988 and 1983.
My belief is that the Cubs and Giants are going to put on one of the best shows of the season.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Baily Stephens, “Playoff-hopeful Giants meet surging Cubs”