Kyle Hendricks (10-7, 2.22 ERA) is on the hill for the Chicago Cubs (68-41) as they square off against Sean Manaea (3-6, 4.68 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (48-62) in the last of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Cubs won the last game 4-0, continuing a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 7 and can be seen on WGN and CSCA.
Manaea pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking three in a 5-4 defeat to the Angels. Khris Davis (.254, 54 Rs, 27 HRs, 69 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Hendricks went 9.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking three in a 5-0 win over the Marlins in his last outing. Anthony Rizzo (.286, 67 Rs, 24 HRs, 79 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Chicago takes on Oakland as a -173 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -1,123 and a record as the underdog of 32-40. Against the NL, they have had a rough season, earning 3-4 and 5-11 records as the favorite and SU, respectively.
Over in the other dugout, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-331), Chicago has an impressive 63-33 record when playing as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with an 8-1 record and a 9-1 record SU. Offensively, they average 5.1 runs per game, which is good for second in the NL. The Cubs are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the NL with 9.4 hits per road game. 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 3.4 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 1.122 for the season.
The Cubs have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Athletics have a 36-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hendricks takes the mound. Manaea (LHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have very good records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 10-4 and 25-11, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
Chicago won its last game in a shutout, its 10th of the season. Oakland has been shut out seven times this season.
The Athletics didn't score any runs in their last game. The Cubs have a 10-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
The Cubs are coming into the game with six consecutive wins, while the Athletics currently have a losing streak of two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 33-11. The Cubs have a 56-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Oakland has earned 448 this season. Chicago ranks third with 553 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 456 this season. Oakland ranks 28th with 278 walks.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 38-32. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 49-20 record.