#Cubs Hammel opens series vs Giants
Jason Hammel gets the start Thursday night when the Cubs open a four-game series against the defending World Champion Giants at Wrigley Field. In case you haven’t checked the standings lately, the Giants lead the Cubs by a half game in the Wild Card standings. Here’s the lineup:
This is the first meeting between the two teams. The Giants have split six games so far on their 10-game road trip.
Chris Heston will start for the Giants. He lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs in a no-decision vs. the Rangers on Saturday. Heston has a streak of 10 straight starts — beginning with his no-hitter — in which he’s given up three runs or less. In that stretch, he’s 6-1 with a 2.19 ERA.
Hammel earned the win in Milwaukee last Friday, giving up one run over 5 2/3 innings. The victory snapped an eight-start winless streak.
The Giants’ Buster Posey has an active seven-game hit streak. But going back even further, he is batting .406 with seven homers and 39 RBI over his last 35 games. In that stretch, he’s struck out only nine times.