- The Giants and Cubs face off in the first game of a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Friday, September 9th
- The Giants have been disappointing this season after an historic 2021, while the Cubs are looking ahead to 2023
- Read below for the Cubs vs Giants odds and betting preview
The San Francisco Giants (65-72) face the Chicago Cubs (57-80) on Friday at Wrigley Field in the first game of a three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm ET.
Giants skipper Gabe Kapler will send Carlos Rodon to the mound, while Cubs manager David Ross counters with Drew Smyly.
Giants vs Cubs Odds
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Odds as of September 8th at Caesars Sportsbook. Claim Caesars Sportsbook promo code.
The Giants are favored to win this one at -155 on the moneyline with the Cubs coming back as +130 home underdogs. Due to Wrigley’s fickle weather, the total and runline are both off the board at publish time.
San Francisco vs Chicago Probable Pitchers
While San Francisco has only managed a 13-14 record in games Rodon has started this season, Giants fans would probably tell you the intense lefty has been the ace of the staff in this frustrating 2022 campaign. He’s struck out at least 10 batters in nine turns this season and comes into Friday’s tilt with 201 punchouts on the year.
Carlos Rodón, 9th and 10th Ks.
And a "Sit TF Down." pic.twitter.com/DJH41nLHLX
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 4, 2022
The 29-year-old is coming off a 5-3 victory against the Phillies on Sunday, when he went six scoreless innings, allowing only five hits and two walks while striking out 10.
Meantime, the Cubs have only gone 7-12 in Smyly’s outings this season — four of which have been of the quality variety.
Drew Smyly in his last 7 games:
2.03 ERA / 9 ER / 8 BB / 34 K pic.twitter.com/xv8yFv2R1t
— Cubs Zone ™️ (@CubsZone) September 2, 2022
He was even better in August, going 2-1 with a 0.90 ERA. But he had a major comedown in his last outing. The division-leading Cardinals got to him for five hits, seven earned runs, three walks and three home runs while striking out only three over 2.1 innings in an 8-4 loss last Saturday.
Rodon vs Smyly Stats
After sweeping the Phillies at home in a three-game set and blasting five home runs against the Dodgers on Monday to snap an eight-game skid against their bitter rival, the Giants have fallen back on hard times. Kapler’s crew has only pushed nine runs across the plate in the last four games — all losses — and are now 10 games out of the third and final NL Wild Card spot. David Villar has been a bright spot over the losing streak, though, going 5-for-12 — including a pair of long balls in Wednesday’s 7-3 loss to LA.
David Villar of the @SFGiants finished the 3-game set at Dodger Stadium with a 2.653 OPS.
That's the highest OPS by any MLB rookie in a 3-game series in the modern era (minimum 8 AB).
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) September 8, 2022
All-Star Joc Pederson launched his team-leading 22nd big fly of 2022 in a 4-2 defeat to the Brewers in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Meantime, the Cubs are banged up and not playing well. Since taking two of three from Milwaukee three weeks ago, the North Siders have lost five straight series — dropping 13 of their last 18. The latest defeat was on Thursday in a 4-3 decision to Cincinnati. Cubs rookie Seiya Suzuki doubled and and also hit his 12th homer of the season. He now has hits in 14 of 17 games, hitting .365 in the stretch with three homers and five doubles.
SEIYA SUZUKI WITH THE GO-AHEAD HOME RUN! 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/pAiAOBa8oF
— Cubs Zone ™️ (@CubsZone) September 8, 2022
Even with the Japanese import’s hot streak, Ross’ bunch is still at far less than full strength. All-Star catcher Willson Contreras is nursing a left ankle sprain and Patrick Wisdom will likely miss Friday’s game with a sprained left ring finger.
The Cubs have +40000 odds to win the Fall Classic, while the Giants are +10000 in the World Series odds.
SF vs CHC Last 10 Meetings
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Giants vs Cubs Prediction
From a statistical standpoint, Rodon has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season.
With the former White Sox pitcher making a return to the Windy City — against an undermanned Cubs lineup — the Giants should get a win.
Pick: Giants ML (-155)