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Giants vs. Cubs (2:05 CT) – Lineups, Pitching Matchups, How To Watch

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Let’s do that baseball!

Later this afternoon, Marcus Stroman and the Chicago Cubs will play host to Tristan Beck and the San Francisco Giants at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona for the first Cubs Spring Training game of the year! And much like today’s lineup looks like a good representation of the Cubs’ nominal “regulars”, I’d think Marcus Stroman is line to get the Opening Day nod this year.

Personally, I’d give it to Justin Steele as a vote of confidence in his future, but as the high-paid veteran with upside of his own, Stroman makes plenty of sense himself. Stroman’s results were solid enough last season (3.50 ERA), though he managed just 25 starts and 138.2 IP, his fewest since 2018. I think that’ll be something he focuses on beating this year. And I think he’s a good bet to do so.

You can expect him to get – at MOST – 2.0 innings of work today, though it’s just as likely to be only one. He will have to deal with the pitch clock, which is going to be an adjustment for all of us, but I don’t think that’ll be a problem for him, in particular.

The Giants are starting 26-year-old minor league righty Tristan Beck this afternoon. The Giants got Beck back from the Braves as part of the return for Mark Melancon at the 2019 trade deadline, though he hasn’t thrown a big league pitch for the Giants yet. Beck does not appear to be in line for the big league rotation, and is more of a depth piece. So … maybe don’t get too excited if the Cubs absolutely rock him. Actually don’t get too down if he carves the Cubs up either. Spring Training stats DO NOT MATTER FULL STOP.

Just enjoy the return of baseball and take a closer look at some of those new rules.


Giants vs. Cubs Game Info

San Francisco Giants (0-0) at Chicago Cubs (0-0) – Saturday, February 25 at 2:05 CT on Marquee

Giants vs. Cubs Pitching Matchup

Giants: Tristan Beck, RHP

Cubs: Marcus Stroman, RHP

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Nico Hoerner, 2B
  2. Dansby Swanson, SS
  3. Ian Happ, LF
  4. Cody Bellinger, CF
  5. Trey Mancini, DH
  6. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  7. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
  8. Yan Gomes, C
  9. Brennen Davis, RF

Seiya Suzuki has been scratched with left oblique tightness, and he’s being replaced by Brennen Davis, who bats ninth.

San Francisco Giants Lineup:

  1. LaMonte Wade Jr., 2B
  2. Thairo Estrada, 2B
  3. Joc Pederson, DH
  4. Stephen Piscotty, LF
  5. Brandon Crawford, SS
  6. Heliot Ramos, RF
  7. Blake Sabol, C
  8. Casey Schmitt, 3B
  9. Bryce Johnson, CF

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami