The Chicago Cubs have been struggling this season but are playing decently well as of late. They will be sending veteran southpaw Drew Smyly to pitch as he is coming off a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies as he went six innings and gave up two runs (one run) on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The San Francisco Giants have been a decent team and are telling opposing teams they are not going to be sellers at the Trade Deadline. Left-hander Jakob Junis is coming off a losing effort against the Arizona Diamondbacks as he threw 4.1 innings and gave up a run on three hits with a hit by pitch, a walk, and a pair of strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 905pm EST.
Chicago: Drew Smyly (LHP) 3-5, 3.93 ERA
San Francisco: Jakob Junis (RHP) 4-2, 2.98 ERA
Cubbies on the Market
The Chicago Cubs have been a decent offensive team throughout the season as they are currently 13th in the bigs with a .718 team OPS while scoring 4.29 runs per game right now. Third baseman Patrick Wisdom has been hitting well as he has a .763 OPS with 18 homers and 49 RBI while stealing six stolen bases. He’s been struggling in his previous 15 games as he has a .180/.305/.340 slash line with a home run, four RBI, and an 8:20 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
The Cubs veterans are likely checking their cell phones these days as the team is likely looking to be sellers in the trade market as they continue their rebuild. Despite the uncertainty, the Cubs took down the falling Giants 4-2 on Friday night.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 30, 2022
Drew Smyly has not pitched well throughout his Baseball Savant page as he is in the 23rd percentile in xSLG, 23rd percentile in strikeout percentage, 25th percentile in barrel percentage, and 33rd percentile in xERA. Smyly has a four-pitch arsenal (curveball, sinker, cutter, changeup) and his sinker has been hit the most as it has a .326 batting average and a .565 slugging percentage. He faced the Giants once last season as a member of the Atlanta Braves as he came out of the bullpen and threw a
Giant Chance of Fixing Things?
The San Francisco 49ers have been a good offensive team up to this point as they have a .710 OPS, which is 14th in MLB, while averaging 4.65 runs per game thus far. Outfielder Joc Pederson has been doing well at the plate as he has posted an .811 OPS with 17 home runs and 43 RBI while swiping three bases so far. However, he's been struggling in his last 30 games as he has a .186/.268/.372 slash line with three homers, seven RBI, and seven runs scored in that stretch. The Giants are just 2-8 in their last ten games and will have to decide soon whether they are buyers or sellers in the trade market.
Jakob Junis has been struggling throughout the year looking at his Baseball Savant page as he is in the 20th percentile in barrel percentage, 22nd percentile in hard hit percentage, 25th percentile in xSLG, and 26th percentile in average exit velocity. He throws five different pitches (slider, sinker, changeup, cutter, fastball) and his cutter is his best pitch as it has a .143 batting average and a .276 slugging percentage. Junis faced the Cubs once back in 2018 as a member of the Royals so it will be an interesting matchup here.
San Francisco: 4-0 in their last 4 games vs NL Central
San Francisco: 10-1 in their last 11 home games vs LHP
- Chicago: 20-58 in their last 78 games vs a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
- Chicago: 1-8 in their last 9 games vs a team with a losing record