Neither San Francisco nor Chicago could have imagined this is where they be in the standings as Memorial Day approaches. The same goes for those betting baseball, shocked to see these two as money-burners.
The Giants are 20-27, in fourth place in the NL West and down -6.8 units. The World Series champion Cubs are 23-21, in third place in the NL Central and at -7.8 units. This is Game 3 of a four-game set and one team will take the series lead this evening. As per usual, Chicago’s MLB odds look inflated, but that is not all their fault.
Matt Moore (2-4, 5.37 ERA) was great pickup by San Francisco last season, yet to this point he is not doing the job. When Madison Bumgarner went down, the Giants starting staff needed to pick up the slack. They collectively have not and Moore is part of the problem. Moore has been improving after miserable start with a 2.89 ERA in his three prior starts. However, he is still walking too many hitters, as his WHIP of 1.53 shows and he getting crushed by left-handed batters for .375 average, which is peculiar for lefty pitcher. Moore has only faced Chicago once and that was last October when he was brilliant over eight innings before the bullpen blew the game.
Kyle Hendricks (3-2, 3.35) also got off to a slow start in 2017, but is starting to look like the same pitcher as last year. Over his past five starts his ERA is 1.82 and he is back to keeping the ball down and working both sides of the dish. The only negative right now on Hendricks is too many walks and if he fixes that element, he is one tough hombre. Hendricks is 1-2 with 4.43 ERA in four starts versus the Giants.