Chicago Cubs Probable Pitchers: San Francisco Giants, Apr. 11-14
San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs Series Begins with 2 Wrigley Field Debuts
1-18: That was the Chicago Cubs’ road record against National League West teams during the 2012 MLB season. Their only win came on Sep. 30 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That 19th game was the only thing that kept them from going winless in road games against an entire division.
Fans should take solace knowing that the Cubs will host their first four-game series of the season against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants. With a 3-5 record, the Cubs will try to get back on track. Before a 6-3 win on Apr. 9, the Cubs had lost four consecutive games. They’re a Carlos Marmol blown save from a 4-4 record.
Probable pitchers for this upcoming series against the Giants include Scott Feldman, Carlos Villanueva, Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson. Each pitcher’s start got knocked back one day after the Apr. 10 rubber match between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cubs was postponed because of unsatisfactory weather.
Both teams are heavily dependent on the effectiveness of their pitching staffs and bullpen. Although the Giants have limited slugging potential, their offense has hitters who are capable of producing in clutch situations. Heading into Wednesday, they have a 5-3 record. They’re 0.5 games back of the Diamondbacks.
How much will the additional rest help the Cubs? That postponement came at a nice time. From Apr. 3 through May 5, the Cubs were scheduled to play 32 games in 33 days. This delay gives their starting rotation and bullpen some time to regroup. The one negative is that it forces Travis Wood out of the rotation until the next series. The Cubs need Feldman to have his best performance because many of these games should end in pitchers’ duels.
The following slideshow is a brief summary of each probable pitcher and matchup for the Cubs vs. Giants series. Continue with slideshow.
Chicago Cubs: RHP Scott Feldman (0-1, 7.71 ERA)
After a postpone delay on Apr. 10, Scott Feldman will make his Cubs’ Wrigley Field debut against the defending World Series champions. Feldman has yet to find his groove. That’s evidenced with his 11.25 spring ERA.
San Francisco Giants: RHP Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 8.44 ERA)
In 2012, Ryan Vogelsong started one game against the Cubs. Vogelsong had a 1-0 record with a 2.57 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Chicago Cubs: RHP Carlos Villanueva (0-0, 1.35 ERA)
Making his Cubs’ Wrigley Field debut is Carlos Villanueva. Villanueva has a tough test in his head-to-head matchup with the Giants’ ace pitcher.
San Francisco Giants: RHP Matt Cain (0-1, 8.38 ERA)
In 2012, Matt Cain started two games against the Cubs. Cain had a 1-0 record with a 4.15 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
Chicago Cubs: RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 2.63 ERA)
In 2012, Jeff Samardzija started one game against the Giants. Samardzija had a 0-0 record with a 3.60 ERA and 2.40 WHIP.
San Francisco Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 1.32 ERA)
In 2012, Madison Bumgarner started two games against the Cubs. Bumgarner had a 1-1 record with a 4.50 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
Chicago Cubs: RHP Edwin Jackson (0-2, 5.73 ERA)
In 2012, Edwin Jackson started one game against the Giants. Jackson had a 1-0 record with a 6.35 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
San Francisco Giants: RHP Tim Lincecum (1-0, 4.91 ERA)
In 2012, Tim Lincecum started one game against the Cubs. Lincecum had a 1-0 record with a 2.84 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
Apr. 11: Scott Feldman vs. Ryan Vogelsong
Apr. 12: Carlos Villanueva vs. Matt Cain
Apr. 13: Jeff Samardzija vs. Madison Bumgarner
Apr. 14: Edwin Jackson vs. Tim Lincecum