After a record-setting month of May, Melky Cabrera looks to carry his hot bat into June when the host Giants begin a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs. San Francisco has won nine of its last 14 games to move 5 1/2 games behind first-place Los Angeles in the National League West, while Chicago followed a 12-game losing streak with a three-game sweep of San Diego.
The San Francisco Giants’ offense has been powered by Cabrera, who had 51 hits in May to match Randy Winn’s San Francisco record for most hits in a month. Acquired during the offseason from Kansas City for Jonathan Sanchez, Cabrera is batting .373 and leads the majors with 78 hits. Chicago is starting a 10-game, three-city road trip after Darwin Barney’s walk-off homer in the ninth gave the Cubs an 8-6 comeback victory over the Padres on Wednesday. The Cubs hope to build on that momentum when they hit the road, where they’re 6-17 this season.
Cubs Giants Betting
When: 10:15 PM ET, Friday, June 1, 2012
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), NBC Bay Area (San Francisco)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.62 ERA) vs. Giants LH Madison Bumgarner (5-4, 3.14 ERA)
After winning four straight, Maholm is winless in his last three games. He walked a season-high five batters over five innings last Saturday against Pittsburgh, giving up two runs. Maholm is 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in eight career starts against the Giants. Prior to working five innings in his last start, he had gone at least six innings in six straight starts.
Bumgarner is winless in his last four games after giving up five runs (four earned) in six innings last Saturday against Miami. Bumgarner, who was charged with four runs for the third time in his past four starts, is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in four home games this year. In four career starts against the Cubs, he’s 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA.
1. Cubs LF Alfonso Soriano has seven homers in his last 14 games after going without a home run in his first 30 games to start the season.
2. Giants CF Angel Pagan has a 24-game home hitting streak, tied with Don Mueller for the longest in franchise history.
3. Cubs CF/3B Joe Mather batted third for the eighth straight game in Wednesday’s series finale against the Padres.