John Lackey (8-7, 3.70 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (69-41) meet Jered Weaver (8-8, 5.11 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (49-62) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs enter this series looking to continue a seven-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and will air on WGN and FSW.
In his most recent outing, Lackey pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs and striking out eight in a 5-4 victory over the Marlins. Kris Bryant (.285, 83 Rs, 27 HRs, 69 RBIs, 7 SBs) continued his strong season Sunday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Angels were also victorious the last time Weaver pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned) and striking out one in an 8-6 victory over the Athletics.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 38-18, while Los Angeles is 20-31.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Angels are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Cubs have a 27-2 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 6-47. The Cubs have a 7-26 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting 106 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half with 134.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 460 this season. Los Angeles ranks 16th with 329 walks.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 50-20. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 35-33 record.