Jake Arrieta (12-5, 2.75 ERA) starts for the Chicago Cubs (66-41) as they square off against Sonny Gray (5-10, 5.84 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (48-60) in the second of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Cubs won the last game 7-2, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 and can be seen on CSCh and CSCA.

Gray pitched 3.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out three and walking two in an 8-0 defeat to the Indians. Danny Valencia (.303, 47 Rs, 14 HRs, 39 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Arrieta went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking three in a 4-1 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. Anthony Rizzo (.288, 65 Rs, 24 HRs, 79 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.

Chicago is favored (-208) over Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -923 and a record as the underdog of 32-38. Against the NL, they have had a rough season, earning 3-4 and 5-9 records as the favorite and SU, respectively.

As for their opponent, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-531), Chicago has an impressive 61-33 record when playing as the favorite. Chicago has put in a great performance against interleague opponents, coming in with a nice record SU ({betdsi.at.al.su_record}) and as the favorite (8-4). Offensively, they average 5.1 runs per game, which is good for second in the NL. Chicago is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 4.2 per game. Moving on to Chicago's pitching staff and defense, the Cubs allow just 3.5 runs per game, ranking them first in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cubs are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.130 for the season.

The Athletics have a 36-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Arrieta takes the mound. Gray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have a 42-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over


Oakland won its last game in a shutout, its third of the season. Chicago has been shut out five times this season.

The Athletics didn't score any runs in their last game. The Cubs have a 9-0 record when they don't allow any runs.

When they are outhit, the Athletics are 12-48. The Cubs have a 7-26 record when opponents outhit them.

Ranking 20th in home runs, Oakland has hit 119 this season. Chicago ranks 15th with 130 home runs.

Oakland and Chicago both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Oakland sits at 10th with 8.61 hits per game and Chicago ranks eighth with 8.60.

Ranking 24th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .773.

The Cubs are 33-33 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 22-49 when they allow at least one homer.