- The Giants and Cubs close out their three-game series at Wrigley Field on Sunday, September 11th
- The reeling Orange and Black are in danger of finishing below .500 this season, while the banged-up North Siders are playing for pride
- Read below for the Giants vs Cubs odds and betting preview
The San Francisco Giants (66-73) face the Chicago Cubs (58-81) on Sunday at Wrigley Field in the finale of a three-game set. First pitch for Giants vs Cubs is scheduled for 8:08 pm ET.
Giants skipper Gabe Kapler will send John Brebbia to the mound, while Cubs manager David Ross counters with Wade Miley. The home team is a slight favorite in this one.
Giants vs Cubs Odds
|San Francisco Giants||-1.5 (+150)||-110||O9 (+100)|
|Chicago Cubs||+1.5 (-175)||-110||U9 (-120)|
The Giants opened up at -110 on the moneyline favorite, in a contest that features a total of 9.
San Francisco vs Chicago Probable Pitchers
Brebbia will be an opener for the fifth time this season as the Giants will go with a bullpen game in an effort to take the rubber match in this three-game series on Sunday. The 32-year-old reliever has started four games this season and the Giants have alternated between wins and losses in those outings
John Brebbia joked that the only two stats that matter to him are holds and games started. He got a hold in relief today. He'll start a bullpen game tomorrow.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) September 10, 2022
The club is 5-6 in 2022 bullpen games – so the strategy has proven to provide a similar record to what San Fran is overall. Kapler will have Shelby Miller and Cole Waites available if they want more depth options.
Meantime, the well-traveled Miley has shuttled back and forth between Chicago’s starting rotation and the injured list in 2022. The 35-year-old lefty has battled a shoulder injury for the better part of the season – only turning in five starts for Ross (two of which were quality ones) – with the Cubs going 3-2 in those turns.
Miley went four innings in his first game in nearly three months on Tuesday against the Reds. He allowed two hits, two earned runs and two walks while striking out six in an eventual 9-3 win over his former team.
Brebbia vs Miley Stats
The Giants have been the better team of late in the head-to-head matchup between the two clubs, taking seven of the last nine games. But that’s not saying much considering these two franchises have been extreme disappointments this season – especially the G-Men. San Francisco did manage to win on Saturday, taking a 5-2 victory thanks to home runs from the red-hot David Villar and Joey Bart.
Bart — who replaced future Hall of Famer Buster Posey at catcher and is the highest-drafted player by the franchise since Will Clark — had three hits in the win. He was sent down to the minors earlier this season but seems to have better at-bats as the squad prepares for a roster overhaul next season.
Joey Bart since being called back up on July 6:
• 43 games
• .288 BA
• .496 SLG
• .822 OPS
• 7 HR
• 16 RBI
He's also made just 2 errors behind the plate and has a 30.4% caught stealing. pic.twitter.com/55ZFBGHf8m
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) September 10, 2022
Joc Pederson leads the team in big flies with 22.
Meantime, All-Star outfielder Ian Happ doubled twice and drove in a run for the Cubs in Saturday’s loss, which marked the 10th defeat over the last 13 games for Chicago. Alfonso Rivas tripled and singled and Patrick Wisdom was reinstated from the injured list after missing time with a sprained left ring finger. But this group is simply not consistent enough to bet on, with a large reason being its inability to stay healthy.
The Cubs have +40000 odds to win the Fall Classic, while the Giants are at +10000 in the World Series odds.
SF vs CHC Last 10 Meetings
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Score|
Giants vs Cubs Prediction
Yes, the Giants are sub-.500 in bullpen games this season, but many players on this team are playing for 2023 roster spots. Brebbia leads the majors in appearances and has a sub-3.00 ERA, so he should get things started off right.
Meanwhile, the Cubs have been hard to watch this season outside of a couple of decent stretches earlier this summer. Go with San Fran on the road.
Pick: Giants ML (-110)