Last time Cueto faced the Cubs he gave up four runs while striking out nine in a no-decision against Jason Hammel.
In 23 starts against the Cubs, Cueto is 9-8 with a 3.34 ERA and is 5-5 with a 3.22 ERA at Wrigley.
The Cubs currently lead the NL Central by 16.5 games and own the best record in the majors. They won the first two games of the series behind starts from Mike Montgomery and Jon Lester before Madison Bumgarner shut down Chicago’s prolific offense with 10 strikeouts on Saturday.
The game certainly had the implications of a playoff matchup between the two clubs.
The Giants purchased the contract of veteran reliever Joe Nathan from double-A Richmond on Saturday. The Cubs released him in early August, and he could make an appearance against his former club on Sunday. He previously pitched for the Giants between 1999 and 2003 before being traded alongside Francisco Liriano to Minnesota for A.J Pierzynski and cash.
“At that time, we just couldn’t fit everybody in,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
Nathan was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA with the Cubs before being released.
The lineups for the game are as follows:
9/4 @SFGiants lineup at CHC Span CF Panik 2B Posey C Pence RF Belt 1B Parker LF Nunez 3B Adrianza SS Cueto P