It’s a battle of the Tys today, as Tyler Chatwood and the Cubs are hosting Ty Blach and the Giants for a rubber match at Wrigley Field. The winner of today’s contest will win the series, so hopefully the Cubs saved some magic for tonight.
And, hey, Almora is starting and leading off:
Cubs are 19-10 when Almora starts, 7-12 when he does not. https://t.co/Wm78Gw5KqN
— Ryan Davis (@RyanQDavis) May 27, 2018
Of course, I think today will ultimately come down to Tyler Chatwood, who’s filling in for an injured Yu Darvish, and his command. Indeed, after walking just two batters against the Braves, Chatwood walked six Indians in his 2.2 IP start last time out, which was ultimately his worst start of the season. His walk rate currently sits at an almost unthinkable 19.7%.
Ty Blach, on the other hand, has the opposite problem. He walks very few guys (7.6%) but almost never strikes anybody out (10.8%). Righties really get the best of Blach, so the Cubs will look to Albert Almora and Javy Baez to have big games offensively.
The Cubs have some tough games coming up (Pirates, Mets, Phillies) so a win today (and a series win this weekend) would get things started in the right direction.
San Francisco Giants (25-27) at Chicago Cubs (26-22) – 7:08 CT on ESPN, 670 The Score
Game Thread and Series Preview
Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun today.
Cubs: Tyler Chatwood (R): 3.74 ERA, 4.64 FIP; 1.03 K/BB
Giants: Ty Blach (L): 4.37 ERA, 4.11 FIP; 1.42 K/BB
San Francisco Giants Lineup:
- Gorkys Hernandez, CF
- Andrew McCutchen, RF
- Brandon Belt, 1B
- Evan Longoria, 3B
- Brandon Crawford, SS
- Pablo Sandoval, 2B
- Mac Williamson, LF
- Nick Hundley, C
- Ty Blach, P
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
- Javy Baez, 2B
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Willson Contreras, C
- Kyle Schwarber, LF
- Addison Russell, SS
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Tyler Chatwood, P