Jason Hammel (6-5, 3.17 ERA) and Matt Garza (6-12, 4.95 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (63-48) and the Milwaukee Brewers (48-66) at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 6-3, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on WGN and FSWI.
Hammel pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Giants. Anthony Rizzo (.297, 62 Rs, 21 HRs, 65 RBIs, 15 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Garza went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking two in a 10-1 win over the Padres in his last outing. Adam Lind (.287, 49 Rs, 17 HRs, 66 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Chicago is a -176 favorite against Milwaukee and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is unavailable as of now. The Cubs have recorded an overall money line of +499 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 43-28. Chicago is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 9-1 SU record in its last ten outings. The Cubs are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 291. Chicago is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 78 bases. Chicago's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.8 runs per game, well under their season average of 3.8. The Cubs are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.18 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Milwaukee has a 28-41 record and an overall money line of -1,645. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-4 record, and a 4-6 record SU. Milwaukee's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL at pitching on the road, with a 3.76 ERA.
The Cubs lead the season series, 7-4. The Cubs have a 48-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Garza takes the mound. Hammel (RHP) will be on the hill against the Brewers, who have a 35-53 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
The Cubs are 27-22 against their divisional rivals, while the Brewers are 19-26 against their division.
Milwaukee has won 49% (27-28) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 56% (24-19) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Brewers managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cubs who are heading in with a 5-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 34-8. The Cubs have a 41-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Chicago has earned 438 this season. Milwaukee ranks 18th with 446 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 386 this season. Milwaukee ranks 23rd with 283 walks.
The Cubs are 40-19 when they hit at least one home run. The Brewers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 36-24 record.