Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Jason Hammel (6-5, 3.13 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (58-48) go up against Chris Heston (11-5, 3.24 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (59-48) in the first of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 6 and will air on CSCh and CSBy.
In his last start, Hammel pitched 5.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out four and walking two in a 4-1 victory over the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo (.294, 60 Rs, 21 HRs, 63 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Giants were unsuccessful the last time Heston pitched. He tossed 4.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out two and walking two in a 9-7 loss to the Rangers. Buster Posey (.332, 56 Rs, 16 HRs, 75 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Giants, going 3 for 5 yesterday.
Chicago is a -118 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Cubs are 39-28 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +99. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (6-2). The Cubs are a dangerous hitting team with 278 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with 72 steals. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Cubs are third in the league in WHIP at 1.19.
On the other side, the Giants have a record of 27-20 when they are the underdog and are +507 overall with the money line. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging five runs per game.
This game will feature Heston (RHP) on the mound against the Cubs, who have a 44-39 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Hammel will take the mound against the Giants, who have a 45-39 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
San Francisco is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games.
San Francisco is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs.
San Francisco is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs.
San Francisco is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games when playing at home against San Francisco.
When leading after 7 innings, San Francisco is 25-16, while Chicago is 23-19.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cubs have a 3-9 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 38-8. The Giants have a 51-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Chicago has earned 410 this season. San Francisco ranks seventh with 472 runs.
Ranking 20th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 290 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with 365.
The Cubs are 37-19 when they hit at least one home run. The Giants perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 40-20 record.