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Lineups for Giants-Cubs NLDS Game 1

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It’s difficult not to feel nervous for any team slated to face the Cubs this October. Craig has a full breakdown of the pitching match-ups for Game 1 of the NLDS over here, just in case you’re wondering whether you should root for the Cubs to break their 108-year curse or cross your fingers for the Giants’ fourth title in six years.

In the meantime, we have the lineups. First pitch is set for 9 PM EDT on FS1.

GIANTS

1. Gorkys Hernandez (L) CF

2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B

3. Buster Posey (R) C

4. Hunter Pence (R) RF

5. Angel Pagan (S) LF

6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS

7. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B

8. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B

9. Johnny Cueto (R) RHP

CUBS

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF

2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B

4. Ben Zobrist (S) LF

5. Addison Russell (R) SS

6. Jason Heyward (L) RF

7. Javier Baez (R) 2B

8. David Ross (R) C

9. Jon Lester (L) LHP

Lucas Giolito earns second shutout of season

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The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.

Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.

As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.