Preview for the Game on April 14th
San Francisco Giants (8-4) at Chicago Cubs (4-7)
The Chicago Cubs will try to even up the series with the San Francisco Giants in tomorrow’s game at 2:20pm eastern time. The Cubbies have made every game in the series an eventful one and have had a chance to pull out a win in every game. The Cubbies will look to win in tomorrow’s game and give Edwin Jackson his first win as a Cub. Edwin Jackson is coming off some poor outings, but in both outings he has shown signs that he can be a great pitcher for the Cubs. If Jackson can command his pitches to his best ability then the Cubbies have a great chance to win in their game tomorrow. Jackson will need to rely on his secondary pitches if he wants to have success against the former World Series winners.
The opposing pitcher in tomorrow’s game will be the two time winner of the Cy Young award, RHP Tim Lincecum However, Lincecum isn’t pitching as well as he did when he won his Cy Young awards. Lincecum is 1-0 this year and has an era of 4.91. The reason Lincecum has been having difficulties lately is because his velocity on his on his fastball is down, which makes it more hittable. The pitches that Lincecum pitches are a four seam fastball low-90s, a two seam fastball that has some sink to it, a cutter that he uses to attack batters, a slider that can be unhittable if he is on his A game and a changeup that is his out pitch.
The Chicago hitters need to take advantage if Lincecum is wild and draw crucial walks in the game when they can so that they can get plenty of base runners on to score some runs. The Cubs batters need to make up for their last game where they went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. If the Cubbies can find a win to get the timely hits there isn’t any reason to believe that they can’t win tomorrow. Dioner Navarro should be in lineup tomorrow because of his two pinch hit homers in the last two games.
My prediction for the game is that the Cubs even the series with the Giants by winning with a score of 5 to 2. Edwin Jackson will get his first win of the year and will pitch into the 6th inning, showing Cub fans that they can believe in him. My predicted player of the game is Nate Schierholtz; I predict that he will go 3 for 5 with a homer off his old team and teammate, Tim Lincecum. I also predict that James Russell will get the save in tomorrow’s game and will show that he can be a solid closer with his only flaw being that he is a left-handed pitcher.