Thanks to some very nasty Chicago weather during the middle of May the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs are set to play a double-header a Wrigley Field, the first double dip played by the Giants since 2009.
Both teams made some slight adjustments to their rotations to make today work as the Giants will send out Ryan Vogelsong for the first game, Barry Zito’s injury replacement, and Barry Zito himself, making his first start since inuring his ankle in April.
Interestingly enough Vogelsong has been dominant since getting his big league opportunity, joining Derek Lowe and Carlos Zambrano as the last pitchers to go 9 straight starts with allowing two runs or fewer. He needs only seven 1/3 more innings to meet the minimum inning requirement for NL leaders in ERA, currently sitting at 1.86, the best mark in the majors in front of Jair Jurrjens and Josh Beckett.
On the other side of the bill we have Zito, who gave Vogelsong this opportunity to shine with his unfortunate injury. Zito was sporting an ERA over 6 at that point in the season and needed time off not only to rehab, but to find the joy in the game once again. In his last outing for AAA Fresno Zito toss a two-hit complete game shutout, with skipper Steve Decker remarking on his 12-6 curveball as being on point once again.
First pitches start at 11:20 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. PT. Both can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.