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Giants vs. Cubs, 7/22

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Mills (0-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. Anderson (3-2, 4.87 ERA)

Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Some good news regarding Alex Dickerson, who’s not in the lineup tonight:

Oh wait. Sure, Super Smash Bros. is great, but what about the Giants’ best hitter and emotional leader? Dickerson is out tonight due to his lingering back issues, but he’s available to pinch hit and will be in the lineup tomorrow.

We’ll see about that.

Meanwhile, the CubsAlec Mills will be making his fourth start. That probably means doom for the Giants, particularly with Dickerson out, but a quick note on Mills, whose stuff and stats aren’t important because he’s going to dominate the Giants tonight because they’ve never seen him before and not because he’s got some special unhittable stuff: he actually made his debut in 2016 with the Royals. He made two starts and appeared in seven games last year for the Cubs. He was drafted in 2012, so, he has experience.

LF — Kyle Schwarber
SS — Javier Baez
3B — Kris Bryant
1B — Anthony Rizzo
2B — Robel García
RF — Jason Heyward
CF — Albert Almora
C — Martin Maldonado
SP — Alec Mills

Conner Menez was optioned back to Triple-A and replaced on the roster by Sam Coonrod. That’s important because, well, the Giants should be extremely tired. Tonight will be their 13th game in twelve days, and if you had on the 11 extra innings they’ve played over that same stretch of days, then they’ve played the equivalent of 14 games in two weeks. That’ll chew up any team.

1B — Brandon Belt
LF — Mike Yastrzemski
3B — Pablo Sandoval
C — Stephen Vogt
SS — Brandon Crawford
CF — Kevin Pillar
RF — Austin Slater
2B — Joe Panik
SP — Shaun Anderson

The Cubs have been dreadful on the road (18-27, but 36-18 at home) and you’d like to think that for all the Giants’ woes at home (23-27) that they’re playing better because they’ve been playing a lot in a compressed amount of time. But a rookie pitcher the Giants have never seen before going against a rookie pitcher coming off three bad starts (8.48 ERA in Shaun Anderson’s last 13.1 innings) and backed by a far superior lineup is a recipe for doom.