Thursday, April 11, 2013

Preview for the Game on April 12th

Preview for the Game on April 12th
San Francisco Giants (7-3) at Chicago Cubs (3-6)

The Chicago Cubs will get their second crack at the former World Series winners, the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs let one go away from them last game and will look to tie the series up. The game will start at 2:20pm eastern time at Wrigley Field. The probable pitcher for the Chicago Cubs will be the right-hander Carlos Villanueva. Villanueva is coming off a great performance against one of the best lineups in the majors, the Atlanta Braves, but Villanueva got a no decision because of Marmol’s blown save. Carlos Villanueva will most likely be effective with his changeup in tomorrow’s game like he did in his first start and in order to do this he needs to command his fastball as well. If Villanueva continues with how he pitched against the Braves he should have a chance for a win tomorrow and should put in solid innings for the Cubbies this year.

Villanueva’s opposing pitcher is the right-handed pitcher Matt Cain. Cain is arguably one of the best starting pitchers in the National League and threw a perfect game last year. Therefore, the Cubs hitters should be worried about him and how good he is as an opposing pitcher. Although Cain is a very successful and great pitcher, Cain did had a difficult time against the St. Louis Cardinals where he gave up 9 runs in the 4th inning. The pitches in Cain’s pitching repertoire are a four seam fastball that averages in the low-90s but could reach the mid-90s when he needs to, a two seam fastball that has some sink to it, a cutter that he uses against left-handed batters, a slider that is one of the best sliders in the majors and a changeup that can be very effective. I believe Cain will suit up extremely well against the Cubs because of the pitches he has, especially his changeup.

The Chicago Cubs hitters did well in today’s game, but they will definitely have to hit well tomorrow if they want to beat the Giants. I figure because Cain is a tough right-handed pitcher I think the Cubs will sit Welington Castillo and start Dionor Navarro behind the plate. The hitters will have a hefty challenge tomorrow and need to come prepared if they want to pull out a victory against the Giants.

My prediction of the game is that the Chicago Cubs will lose a nail bitter in tomorrow’s game with a score of 3 to 1. The Cubs just don’t have enough pop in their lineup to score enough runs to beat an ace like Matt Cain. My predicted player of the game is Matt Cain by going 8 amazing innings and tallying up 10 strikeouts in the game. If the Cubs are going to win tomorrow they’re going to need some hitters to step up tomorrow and for Villanueva to pitch several scoreless innings and hope the bullpen can limit the damage from the Giants hitters.  

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