Jason Hammel (13-5, 2.75 ERA) gets the ball for the Chicago Cubs (78-44) as they go up against Jorge De La Rosa (7-7, 5.29 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (59-64) in the last of a three-game series at Coors Field. The Cubs won the last game 9-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 21 and will air on RTRM and WLS.
In his most recent outing, De La Rosa pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out four and walking four in a 5-4 loss to the Nationals. Trevor Story (.272, 67 Rs, 27 HRs, 72 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI. The Cubs were victorious the last time Hammel pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 4-1 victory over the Brewers. Kris Bryant (.300, 98 Rs, 31 HRs, 83 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Cubs, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs.
Colorado is a +140 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 11 runs. The Rockies are 34-42 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +102. The Rockies are a dangerous hitting team with 433 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Colorado's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Rockies have given up an average of 6.7 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 5.2 runs per game.
On the other side, the Cubs have a nice record of 72-36 when they are favored and are +75 overall with the money line. They sport the second-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 5.1 runs per game. Chicago is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.4 hits per contest. The Cubs average 4.1 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the NL. Switching gears to Chicago's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.114 on the year, the best in the league.
The Rockies are 3-2 against the Cubs this season. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Hammel) in this game and have a 44-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed De La Rosa will take the mound against the Cubs. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 26-12 record overall and 11-5 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
Colorado recorded at least two errors for the 18th time this season.
After a weak showing last week where they got in five hits, the Rockies need to step it up. The Cubs have a record of 32-8 when opponents get five hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 7-27. The Rockies have a 13-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Colorado and Chicago both rank in the top half of the league in home runs. Colorado sits at 12th with 155 home runs this season and Chicago ranks 13th with 153.
Ranking seventh, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.69 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.42.
Colorado and Chicago both rank in the top five of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Colorado sits at second with an OPS of .796, and Chicago ranks third with an OPS of .781.
The Cubs are 41-36 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 30-50 when they allow at least one homer.