In the last of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs (70-51) and the Atlanta Braves (53-70) at Wrigley Field, Jason Hammel (6-5, 3.38 ERA) and Matt Wisler (5-3, 4.65 ERA) take the mound. The Braves lost the last game 9-7, extending a six-game losing streak. Chicago can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. The game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will air on WGN and FSSO.
In his last start, Hammel pitched 3.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out six and walking one in a 10-8 loss to the Tigers. Anthony Rizzo (.291, 69 Rs, 25 HRs, 76 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Braves were unsuccessful to the Padres 9-0 the last time Wisler pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out two and walking two. Freddie Freeman (.285, 47 Rs, 14 HRs, 47 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Chicago is a heavy -236 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is presently unavailable. The Cubs have a winning record of 49-30 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +766. They are 6-2 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Chicago has averaged 5.9 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.1. The Cubs typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.5 walks per game. As for the pitching staff, the Cubs rank fourth in the NL in ERA with a 3.51 team average. The Cubs don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fourth in the league with a 1.20 WHIP.
Across the field, the Braves have a record of 40-59 when they are the underdog and are -594 overall with the money line. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 2-8 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 2-8. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.4 runs per game, below their 3.6 season average. Atlanta is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 293 extra base hits.
The Cubs have gotten the best of the Braves in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-1. This game will feature Wisler (RHP) on the mound against the Cubs, who have a 54-40 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Braves will be the right-hander Hammel. They sport a 45-56 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
For the 22nd time this season, the Cubs registered at least two errors in a game.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Braves have a 4-8 record when opponents give up that many walks.
The Cubs are coming into the game with three consecutive wins, while the Braves currently have a losing streak of six.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 36-16. The Cubs have a 44-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta sits at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 452 this season. Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 500.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 419 this season. Atlanta ranks 16th with 339 walks.
The Cubs are 46-22 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Braves are 31-26 when they hit at least one homer.