The Cubs (65-76, fourth in NL Central) traded Bryant to the Giants (90-50, first in NL West) for two prospects (right-hander Caleb Kilian and outfielder Alexander Canario) in July. Bryant, a 2015 NL Rookie of the Year and 2016 NL MVP, was hitting .267 with 18 home runs and 51 RBIs at the time of the trade. The four-time All-Star has hit .265 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 31 games with the Giants, who have the best record in the MLB.
The Cubs have won eight of their past nine, which includes a seven-game winning streak. Chicago’s streak ended with a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, but the Cubs rebounded to claim the series with Jason Heyward’s three-run, walk-off home run in a 4-1 win Wednesday.
The Cubs have racked up most of their recent wins against teams at the bottom of the MLB (Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates), but victories against a Reds team in the NL Wild Card race mean more. Chicago bench coach Andy Green has been running the team since last Friday, while manager David Ross is quarantining after a breakthrough COVID-19 positive test.
The Giants have won four straight and six of their past seven after a three-game road sweep against the Colorado Rockies. San Francisco outscored the Rockies 29-12 in the series, scoring at least seven runs in each game with double digits in the first two games.
The Cubs hold the 10th-worst record in the MLB. They’re a game up on the Rockies and a game back of the Detroit Tigers.
The Giants have a two-game lead on the Tampa Bay Rays for the top spot in the MLB. The Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL West Division foe and reigning World Series champions, are two-and-half games back of San Francisco.
Giants: Alex Wood (undisclosed), Dedniel Nunez (elbow), Johnny Cueto (elbow), Tyler Beede (back), Austin Slater (concussion), Luis Gonzalez (undisclosed), Alex Dickerson (hamstring), Donovan Solano (health protocols), Wilmer Flores (hamstring)
Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Keegan Thompson (shoulder), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Michael Hermosillo (forearm), Nick Madrigal (hamstring), Nico Hoerner (oblique), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm)
Friday: Dominic Leone, RHP (3-3, 1.55 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) vs. Kyle Hendricks, RHP (14-6, 4.65 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)
Saturday: Kevin Gausman, RHP (13-5, 2.58 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) vs. Zach Davies, RHP (6-10, 5.16 ERA, 1.52 WHIP)
Sunday: Logan Webb, RHP (9-3, 2.64 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) vs. Justin Steele, LHP (0-0, 3.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)
How to Watch
Friday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Saturday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Sunday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network
All times Central