For the third straight year, the Cubs' season could hinge on an important series with the San Francisco Giants. In August of 2015, the Cubs swept the Giants in a four-game set at Wrigley Field and they built off that momentum to win 97 games and make it all the way to the National League Championship Series. Last fall, the Cubs rallied to beat the Giants in an epic comeback in Game 4 of the NLDS, essentially winning the World Series in that game, by Joe Maddon's opinion. The 2017 Cubs have spent all year hovering around .500 before winning three of four against the Giants this week at Wrigley, looking more and more like the defending champs. Thursday's 5-1 win over the Giants was the icing on
I’m really, really worried about your team. The rankings (records through Wednesday’s games): 1. Houston Astros (31-16; Previous: 3): Three years since Sports Illustrated said they’d win in ’17, and now everything feels a little stale. 2. Washington Nationals
The San Francisco Giants have been a bad baseball team in 2017. After an awful 12-24 start, they had played a little better, winning three series in a row -- three of four against the Cincinnati Reds, two of three against the Los Angeles Dodgers, two of three against the St. Louis Cardinals. This tough stretch of games then headed to Wrigley Field, and after winning the series opener, the Giants lost the final three, including a 5-1 loss Thursday as Jeff Samardzija served up three home runs and the offense scraped out just five hits even while striking out only one time. Samardzija continues to frustrate, posting terrific peripheral numbers -- he had eight strikeouts in seven innings on Thursday and has a season strikeout-to-walk ratio of 79-to-11 -- but hasn't been terrific at limiting runs.