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What the San Francisco Giants Learned From the Astros Series

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 22: Third base umpire Mike Muchlinski signals a fair ball after Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants dives for and misses 2a ball hit by Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on May 22, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 22: Third base umpire Mike Muchlinski signals a fair ball after Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants dives for and misses 2a ball hit by Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on May 22, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – MAY 23: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants doubles in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 23, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – MAY 23: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants doubles in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 23, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

How Can They Find Their Groove in Chicago?

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The Cubs are just another team floating above .500. They have their good and their bad qualities, much like any other team.

The important thing is going to be the match-ups. The Giants cannot look at the Cubs like they’re going to walk into town and take two out of three, but they definitely have less of a challenge on their hands.

We’ll see a little bit different brand of pitching than we saw in the Houston series, on both sides. The Giants hitters should be able to take advantage of what is the middle of the Cubs’ rotation.

To the same token, the Giants starters need to be able to get past the fifth inning. This offense can only carry them so far, so it’s time for the starters to step up on the road and get it done. The Giants hit for a .202 average last season at Wrigley Field, a nearly 100 point boost from .106 in 2016. Of course, in 2016 the pitching was much better than what it is now, but that should very much work in the Giants’ favor.

With the Dodgers gaining on the Giants, there is no more room for error. The Giants cannot hope that other teams will do their dirty work for them, so they need to get back out there and start collecting wins.

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This team, even though it is down some key players, should be more than capable of doing what they need to do to stay in the race. They have shown it before, and they should have no problems doing it again.

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