Jason Hammel (10-7, 3.74 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs go up against John Lackey (14-10, 2.68 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the Divisional Playoffs at Wrigley Field. The game gets underway at 4:37 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and will air on TBS.
In his most recent outing, Hammel pitched 5.0 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out five in a 5-3 victory over the Reds. Kris Bryant (.271, 88 Rs, 27 HRs, 101 RBIs, 13 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Cardinals were also victorious the last time Lackey pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.1 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out five and walking one in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs. Jason Heyward (.293, 80 Rs, 14 HRs, 62 RBIs, 23 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. For updated lines, check out BTB's MLB Baseball Odds.
The Cubs have a SU record of 46-30 against teams in their division. The Cubs typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.5 walks per game. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the Chicago pitching staff and defense has been very good, only giving up 3.8 runs per game. The Cubs lead the league in WHIP at 1.143. They have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the NL with 8.8 strikeouts per game.
Against divisional opponents, the Cardinals are 46-30 SU. They have the lowest ERA in the NL at 2.93. They also allow just 8.4 hits per game, good for fifth in the NL. The St. Louis pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 8.2 strikeouts per game.
The Cardinals have gotten the better of the Cubs in head-to-head matchups this season, going 12-10. The Cubs will take on a right-hander (Lackey) in this game and have a 78-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Hammel will take the mound against the Cardinals. Against righty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 76-44 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs sit at 49-31 against their divisional rivals, while the Cardinals are 47-32.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 38-28 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Cubs have a slight leg up on the Cardinals, as the Cubs have won their last two games while the Cardinals have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 61-17. The Cubs have a 69-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, St. Louis has earned 660 this season. Chicago ranks 10th with 707 runs.
Ranking eighth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 509 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at second with 580.
The Cubs are 71-28 when they hit at least one home run. The Cardinals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 67-28 record.