Jason Hammel (11-5, 3.07 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (70-41) go up against Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 5.23 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (49-63) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 5-1, extending an eight-game winning streak. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and will air on CSN+ and FSW.
In his most recent outing, Hammel pitched 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out three and walking two in a 3-2 victory over the Marlins. Anthony Rizzo (.289, 69 Rs, 24 HRs, 80 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs. The Angels were unsuccessful against the Athletics 8-6 the last time Nolasco pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing five runs and striking out four.
Chicago is a considerable -220 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is currently unavailable. The Cubs perform well as a favorite with a 65-33 record, but haven't fared as well with the overall money line (-131). They are 8-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Cubs have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Cubs typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 4.2 walks per game. The Chicago pitching staff has been dominant, only giving up 3.4 runs per game, which is best in the NL. The Cubs don't allow many hitters to get on base, leading the league with a 1.110 WHIP.
Across the field, the Angels have a subpar record of 25-41 when they are the underdog and are -1,436 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, the team is 3-7 SU and has played poorly as the underdog with a 1-4 record. Playing NL opponents really brings the worst out of the Los Angeles pitchers. They allow 5.7 runs per game against teams in the NL, which is higher than their season average of 4.7.
So far this season, the Cubs are 3-0 against the Angels. This game will feature Nolasco (RHP) on the mound against the Cubs, who have a 44-30 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Hammel will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 34-46 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
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 28-2 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 6-48. The Cubs have a 7-26 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 107 this season. Chicago ranks 13th with 136 home runs.
Ranking seventh, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.63 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 9.10.
Ranking 15th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.741). Chicago ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .774.
The Angels are 27-51 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 36-33 when they allow at least one homer.