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AT&T Park, San Francisco, California Attendance: 38,024
Cubs hit road after 7-1 homestand for series vs. Giants
Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants
- The San Francisco Giants split a series with the Cardinals at AT&T Park, improving to 12 games over .500 at home this season. They have won their last four home series with the Cubs despite dropping the first game in each series.
- The Chicago Cubs finished their homestand at 7-1 after taking two of three from the Reds. The Cubs have gone 4-9 on the road dating back to June 12 with their pitching staff posting a 5.42 road ERA over that stretch, fourth-highest in MLB.
- Jayson Heyward is slashing .397/.479/.746 with six home runs and 14 runs batted in in his 19 career games at AT&T Park. However, he has not had an extra-base hit in San Francisco since August of 2015 when he was with the Cardinals.
- Andrew Suarez (LHP) has gone at least 5.0 innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. Since his start on June 13, his 2.10 ERA ranks second among rookies who have pitched 20 innings over that stretch (Freddy Peralta -- 1.50)
- Kyle Hendricks (RHP) earned the win with a seven-inning, two-hit, one-earned-run performance against the Giants on May 25. His career opponent batting average against when facing the Giants is the second lowest among active pitchers who have thrown at least 35 frames.
- Andrew McCutchen has a career .301/.402/.499 slash line against the Cubs. He is one of only two active players with 600 at-bats against Chicago to have an average over .300 and OBP over .400 (Joey Votto - .306/.419).
- McCutchen, Phils agree to 3 years, $50M
- Jays release SS Tulowitzki, owe him $38M
- White Sox acquire RHP Nova from Pirates
- Rays reopen ballpark site search
- Action at winter meetings picks up
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two teams exhausted after generally successful series don't get a break when the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants open a three-game set on Monday night.
The Cubs needed late rallies to sweep two weekend games against the Cincinnati Reds, a last-place team that stubbornly had beaten the defending National League Central champions five straight.
Chicago headed west after a 7-1 homestand, but having surprising struggles with its starting staff.
Right-hander Kyle Hendricks (5-8, 4.27 ERA), who won a combined 23 games the past two seasons, will take the mound in the series opener looking for just the second win in his last eight starts.
Hendricks pitched seven strong innings in beating the Giants 6-2 in May, but has since fallen upon hard times, watching his ERA climb from 3.16 to 4.27.
He has never won in San Francisco in three career starts, but he does hold a 3-2 overall record and a 3.06 ERA against the Giants in six starts.
Hendricks will have to deal with a Giants team coming off a season-best offensive performance in a 13-8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that salvaged a hard-fought split of a four-game series.
Pablo Sandoval homered and drove in a season-best five runs in the win, which allowed the Giants to avoid losing a home series for the first time since April.
Brandon Belt collected five hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs in the two weekend games against the Cardinals.
He has had more than his fair share of success against Hendricks in their career head-to-heads, going 5-for-14 (.357) with a triple, home run and three RBIs.
The Cubs, meanwhile, have never seen Giants starter Andrew Suarez (3-5, 3.92), who has lost just once in eight starts since May.
The rookie has pitched so well in his last three starts -- allowing just three runs in 18 2/3 innings -- that he was able to retain his spot in the rotation despite the fact the Giants welcomed back Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija from the disabled list last week.
Cueto will pitch the second game of this series, squaring off with Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana.
Javier Baez, voted into a starting spot in the All-Star Game, was the driving force in the Cubs' 8-7 and 6-5 wins over the Reds. He totaled six hits, including a double and a homer, and two RBIs.
Baez hit homers in each of the final two games when the Cubs won two of three from the Giants in May in Chicago.
Both teams enter the series with a key player questionable.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has missed the last 14 games with inflammation in his left shoulder. He hopes to return from the disabled list at some point during the team's weeklong trip, which concludes in San Diego.
The Giants, meanwhile, had to remove outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from Sunday's win with tightness in his left calf.
Hernandez had two hits and drove in two runs Sunday as the Giants set a season high for runs.
Updated July 8, 2018