Logan Webb is producing consistently strong seasons in a disappointing campaign for the San Francisco Giants.
Meanwhile, Marcus Stroman didn’t find the confines of Wrigley Field very friendly in his first season with the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs will be right-handed Saturday as they try to hand the visiting Giants their sixth straight loss.
For the second straight season, Webb (12-8, 2.89 ERA) is posting impressive stats, including a 1.75 ERA over his last six starts. He set a career high for wins as he allowed seven runs (two earned) in seven innings in San Francisco’s 7-4 road victory over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Webb struck out six without issuing a walk.
After that win, the Giants (65-73) lost 23-11 to extend their losing streak to five games, losing to the Cubs 4-2 on Friday in the opener of a three-game set. Each loss has come on the road, dropping 20 of their past 26.
San Francisco has lost 16 of its last 22 overall and is 17-30 since the All-Star break.
“I think the energy in the dugout and in the clubhouse is a lot better now, just because there’s nothing to lose,” Webb said after beating the Dodgers. “Just get out there and have fun. Find something you can play. I think everyone saw this in their heart. “
Webb had one career hit against the Cubs, allowing five runs and seven hits over six innings in a win on September 12, 2021.
Chicago (58-80) has won just six of its last 19 games. Stroman (3-6, 3.73 ERA) hasn’t gotten a decision since July 29 in San Francisco, throwing six scoreless innings.
Stroman is 0-4 with a 6.92 ERA in eight starts at home this season. However, he allowed one run, seven hits and two walks over 12 innings.
On Sunday, he pitched seven scoreless innings in St. Louis, exiting after throwing 98 pitches as the Cardinals won 2-0.
“Honestly, I never want to get out of the game,” Stroman said. “When I’m out there, I’m going to do everything I can, and when my time’s up, my time’s up.”
San Francisco’s Evan Longoria did not face Stroman on July 29 because he was on the injured list, but he is 12-for-36 (.333) with two doubles and three home runs against the righties.
Longoria is just 3-for-23 (.130) over his past seven games, but hit a two-run double in Friday’s opener against Chicago.
The Cubs will likely be without second baseman Nick Madrigal, who left Friday’s game with groin tightness.
– Field level media