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San Francisco Giants Head to Windy City to Take on the Cubs: Series Preview

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 25: Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants leaps in to the ivy to in an attempt to make a catch as fans reach for the home run ball of Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) during the first inning at Wrigley Field on May 25, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 25: Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants leaps in to the ivy to in an attempt to make a catch as fans reach for the home run ball of Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) during the first inning at Wrigley Field on May 25, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 30: Gorkys Hernandez #7 of the San Francisco Giants runs the bases to score on an rbi triple from Andrew McCutchen #22 against the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on April 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The Cubs offense hasn’t been as advertised in recent weeks. But they still have plenty of dangerous hitters. Obviously you have to watch out for  Kris Bryant. But Wilson Contreras  is hitting well, posting an OPS of .836 so far this year. You also always have to watch out for Giant killer, Javy Baez.

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For the Giants, hot hitters to pay attention to “The Brandons” who have been lighting it up in recent weeks. You also have Gorkys Hernandez who has gotten really hot in recent weeks and looks like the Giants best center field choice on the club.

The Cubs are a little cold on Anthony Rizzo though. The power numbers and average are way down, in a surprising down season for the power hitting first baseman. Rizzo is only hitting .207 with a .360 slugging percentage. Rough. Another struggling hitter is the ever struggling Jason Heyward, who hasn’t found his way at the plate for a couple years.

As for Cubs pitchers to watch out for, pay attention to their entire bullpen. The only one with regular appearances and an ERA over 3.00 is Carl Edwards. Everyone else is hovering in the “Ones.”

For Giants pitchers, of course you have to look at what Will Smith has done since returning from Tommy John, as well as Tony Watson‘s body of work.

Next: Giants Minor League Update

Predictions

I have a hard time seeing this series go in favor of the Giants, but if they could manage to take 2/3 in Chicago, I’ll be more than happy. The Cubs’ staff hasn’t been great and they’re going to have to do their damage early if they want to get ahead before the Cubs’ pen gets into the game. So it would be ideal if the Giants took 2/3, but right now I’ll say Cubs take the series 2-1.

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