If there’s any team scuffling as bad as the Cubs are offensively, it’s the Giants.
Since August 4 the Giants are averaging an MLB-worst 2.6 runs per game, undercutting its dominate starting pitching and dropping them 4.0 games back of Arizona in the West.
The Cubs, meanwhile, are right on par with San Fran averaging 2.5 runs per game over its last eight contests, seven of which have been losses.
However, it’s reasonable to believe the Cubs have a shot at taking this series, if for no other reason than the Giants being as bad, if not worse, than Chicago when it comes to hitting in the clutch.
Close games are nothing new for the Cubs this year. Thus far, 52-percent of the season has been games decided by 2 runs or less. But the Cubs are a disappointing (32-38) in those outings. Another sign the Cubs are just good enough to lose.
The Frisco series, however, presents an opportunity to improve that mark, avoid a season high six-game losing streak and enjoy the spoiler’s role against the G-Men.
Facing the always tough Tim Lincecum is no easy task for Randy Wells in series opener, but the right-hander has pitched well recently going (4-1) over his last seven starts.
Matt Garza should also be poised for a strong outing coming off one of the worst performances of his career–6 runs (3 earned) in just five innings vs. Atlanta.
So if the Cubs can mustard a few runs, even a measly 2.5, it might be enough to win the series behind some decent starting pitching.
Wouldn’t that be nice for a change.