Cubs @ Giants: Series Thread (Games 63-65)
The Cubs were no match for Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani and suffered a sweep in Anaheim as a result. They'll turn northward and try their luck in San Francisco next. The Giants enter the series 32-30 to the Cubs 26-36. See below for matchups.
Game 63, Friday, June 9, 9:15 pm central
SFG: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (4-5, 3.97 ERA)
CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (6-4, 2.39 ERA)
DeSclafani missed the majority of 2022, making only five starts before undergoing a surgery on his ankle. He's returned with velocity and command that match his recent norms and has enjoyed a solid start to the season. His last start was his weakest of the season so far, going only three innings and allowing six runs (five earned) to the Orioles.
Stroman pitched a stinker on May 14, but since has pitched 29 innings over four starts, good for an average of 7.1 per outing. His strikeouts are down a touch compared to April/March. He has continued to elicit a ton of contact on the ground, helping to counteract the occasional walk as well.
Game 64, Saturday, June 10, 6:35 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-2, 4.70 ERA)
Hendricks has made three starts since returning to the active roster and has looked relatively healthy. He has not yet been able to match the low walk rates of his prime, and like last year he is giving up far more contact in the air than he did from 2014-2021. He has kept the ball in the park mostly, although BABIP has not been especially kind to him.
Game 65, Sunday, June 11, 3:05 pm central
CHC: RHP Hayden Wesneski (2-2, 4.72 ERA)
Wesneski collected two outs in the fifth inning before being pulled from his last start and was then let down by the bullpen. He collected four strikeouts and walked only one. He gave up another homerun. At 2.08 homeruns per nine innings pitched, he has the 10th worst homerun rate per of any MLB pitcher with a minimum of 40 innings pitched. Lefties have hit 8 of the 11 fastballs he's allowed. A peak at his heat maps show that he's living middle up against lefties with his fastball. If I were Hayden Wesneski, I would simply hit my spots at the bottom of the zone. Problems solved!