Breaking Down Giants-Cubs NLDS Game 1

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants are set to take on the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the NLDS on Friday. With a win already under their belts, San Francisco looks to continue their winning ways as they send Johnny Cueto to the hill to face off against the Cubs’ Jon Lester.

This season, Jon Lester pitched to the tune of a 19-5 record with a 2.44 ERA, 197 strikeouts and 52 walks in 202.2 innings pitched over 32 games. The Giants’ Johnny Cueto amassed an 18-5 record with a 2.79 ERA, 198 strikeouts, and 45 walks in 219.2 innings over 32 games. Of those 18 wins, five were complete games.

Each game that the Giants and Cubs played this regular season was tight. In seven games against Chicago, San Francisco posted a 3-4 record. In the season series, six of the seven games were decided by two runs or fewer. The Cubs outscored the Giants by a total of 23 to 17. Throughout the seven games, there was only one shutout recorded, a Madison Bumgarner shutout on May 22, 2016.

Important to note, is the fact that, the Cubs won 103 games during the regular season. As a result, the Cubs did not play a necessarily meaningful game for about a month. Also important is the fact that, last year, the Kansas City Royals, after a few poor starts, did not allow Cueto to pitch on the road during the postseason. However, it is October and as any baseball fan knows, anything can happen. Below are the side by side comparisons of the postseason careers of Johnny Cueto and Jon Lester:

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You can watch all of NLDS Game 1 action, tomorrow, on FS1 beginning at 6:00 PM PT or you can listen to the play-by-play on KNBR 680. Following the game, log on to www.kpaysports.com to see the postgame analysis.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

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