att park san francisco giantsJeff Samardzija sports the best ERA in baseball, but he has no wins. There you go: you just got every story line possible entering this game.

OK, so there’s also the “best team in baseball versus worst(ish) team in baseball” angle.

The Cubs will face fill-in starter Yusmeiro Petit after Matt Cain was scratched with a hammy issue; we’ll see if they take advantage. The Cubs faced two fill-in starters in San Diego, and had mixed results.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (18-30) at San Francisco Giants (32-18), 3:05 CT on WGN.

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Starting Pitchers

Jeff Samardzija (1.46 ERA, 2.86 FIP, 3.45 xFIP; 2.57 K/BB)


Yusmeiro Petit (4.76 ERA, 3.43 FIP, 3.28 xFIP; 4.13 K/BB)

San Francisco Giants Lineup

1. Angel Pagan, CF

2. Hunter Pence, RF

3. Buster Posey, 1B

4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

5. Michael Morse, LF

6. Hector Sanchez, C

7. Brandon Crawford, SS

8. Brandon Hicks, 2B

9. Yusmeiro Petit, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2. Junior Lake, LF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Nate Schierholtz, RF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P