Giants at Cubs Fantasy Preview 27 May 2018

These two clubs are way closer in the standings than anyone would have predicted. The Chicago Cubs are slipping down the NL Central standings while the San Francisco Giants are doing their best to stay relevant in a tight NL West. This is a big matchup at Wrigley Field.

Pitching matchup

Jose Quintana (5-3, 4.47 ERA) has struggled during his first full season on the north side. His 1.469 WHIP is the highest of his career, as are the 1.3 home runs per nine innings he is allowing. However, the southpaw turned in his finest performance of 2018 last time out: seven innings, no runs, one hit, four walks and seven strikeouts.

This year began brightly for Chris Stratton (5-3, 4.92 ERA), but things haven’t been as pretty lately. The righty has not gone more than five innings in any of this last three starts and he has just two strikeouts total over his last two outings.

Better play: Quintana

Chicago’s starter is trending up and has the ability to pile up the strikeouts for your fantasy team at the very least. Stratton, on the other hand, is struggling. He allows too many baserunners and doesn’t miss enough bats to be a viable option.

Who should start

  • Brandon Crawford does not have good numbers against Quintana (1-for-6), but the shortstop is just playing too well to leave him on the bench. The guy cannot stop getting on base. Keep him involved until he proves otherwise.
  • Ben Zobrist has been in and out of the lineup as Joe Maddon wants to make sure his veteran has his legs throughout the season. He got a breather earlier this week, so he should be good to go this weekend.

Who should sit

  • Ian Happ looks to be an awesome, versatile player, but his playing time can be unpredictable. He is battling Albert Almora Jr. for innings and that is a tough fight when considering Almora’s defensive abilities.
  • The whole Giants roster has really good lifetime numbers against Quintana except for Pablo Sandoval (1-for-7), but Kung Fu Panda is just awful now. He should never start for your team.

Prediction

Cubs win. You better believe that the Cubbies are feeling the pressure. They are in fourth place of a competitive division. The Giants have been better than expected, but the home team has the advantage on the mound and should be able to squeak this one out.

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