Major League Baseball
San Francisco at Chi. Cubs
When: 8:05 PM ET, Monday, May 22, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

The atmosphere might not be quite as intense when the San Francisco Giants return to Wrigley Field for the first time since October for a four-game series that begins Monday. The stakes are high, however, as the Giants and host Chicago Cubs look to continue their momentum after underachieving starts to the season.

The Giants’ last visit resulted in two losses to begin the National League Division Series, which the Cubs won in four games – three of which were decided by one run. The Cubs haven’t performed up to last year’s lofty standards, but they have won four of their last five after reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant blasted two of the team's four home runs during a 13-6 win over visiting Milwaukee on Sunday. San Francisco hit two homers in an 8-3 loss at St. Louis on Sunday but need to start getting runners on ahead of their blasts, as their last 15 have been solo shots. Nonetheless, the Giants have begun to turn around their season, winning three straight series and seven of their last nine games.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NBC Sports Bay Area (San Francisco), WGN (Chicago)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Ty Blach (1-2, 4.15 ERA) vs. Cubs RH John Lackey (4-3, 4.37)

Blach broke through for his first win of the season last time out, holding the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run and five hits over seven innings. It was the 26-year-old’s second straight quality start and third in five outings since joining the rotation. The Giants are 2-10 in games in which Blach has pitched.

Lackey has won two straight starts and three consecutive decisions, but he had to grind to get the win last time out. The 38-year-old faced Cincinnati with the wind howling out at Wrigley Field and surrendered three runs – including two homers – in 5 1/3 innings. Lackey is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in three career starts against the Giants, including turns in 2006 and 2009.


1. Cubs 2B/OF Ian Happ has reached base in seven straight games to begin his major-league career and is batting .346 with four doubles and two home runs.

2. Giants 3B/OF Eduardo Nunez is 12-for-33 with two homers during his eight-game hitting streak.

3. Chicago 2B/OF Ben Zobrist has reached base in 19 straight contests, which matches the third-longest streak of his career.

PREDICTION: Cubs 6, Giants 4

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Francisco 19-26 L1 11-10 8-16 1-2 5-5 12-18 1-1
Chi. Cubs 22-20 W1 11-10 11-10 3-1 15-11 3-3 1-5
Last Meeting
San Francisco Chi. Cubs
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
10/11/16 CHC 6 SF 5 .324 0 .724 .194 1 .580
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco N/A
Chi. Cubs N/A
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco C. Arroyo 0 0 0
Chi. Cubs A. Almora Jr. 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 0.00 .000 0
Chi. Cubs 0.00 .000 0
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Posey .362 46 1.000
Chi. Cubs K. Bryant .303 47 .998
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco B. Belt 8 23 18
Chi. Cubs K. Bryant 10 30 22
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 4.38 .232 364
Chi. Cubs 3.94 .243 389