Jason Hammel (10-7, 3.78 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs meet Steven Matz (4-1, 2.66 ERA) and the New York Mets in Game 4 of the League Championship Series at Wrigley Field. The game starts at 8:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and will air on TBS.
In Game 4 of the Divisional Playoffs, Hammel pitched 3.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out two and walking three in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals. Anthony Rizzo (.274, 98 Rs, 33 HRs, 103 RBIs, 17 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Mets were unsuccessful against the Dodgers 3-1 the last time Matz pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking two. Yoenis Cespedes (.290, 106 Rs, 37 HRs, 112 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Mets, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, two RBIs, and one stolen base.
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The most recent 10 game stretch for Chicago's pitching staff has gone great. Over that span, Chicago's opponents are averaging 1.6 runs per game, below their season average of 3.8. The Cubs lead the league in WHIP at 1.146. They have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the NL with 8.8 strikeouts per game.
They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging four runs per game. New York is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 510 extra base hits. Switching gears to New York's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.172, second best in the MLB.
The Cubs had the upper hand against the Mets in their previous 10 games this season, earning a 7-3 record. This game will feature Matz (LHP) on the mound against the Cubs, who have a 19-14 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mets will be the right-hander Hammel. They sport a 72-56 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
Chicago has won 58% (39-28) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 60% (42-28) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cubs have a 5-15 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Mets are 20-60. The Cubs have an 18-49 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago and New York both rank in the top 10 of the league in home runs. Chicago sits at eighth with 186 home runs this season and New York ranks seventh with 188.
Chicago and New York both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Chicago sits at 14th with 8.26 hits per game and New York ranks 12th with 8.35.
Chicago and New York both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 17th with an OPS of .720, and New York ranks 20th with an OPS of .712.
The Mets are 44-54 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 46-46 when they allow at least one homer.