Julio Urias (4-2, 3.95 ERA) and Jason Hammel (13-6, 3.07 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (71-57) and the Chicago Cubs (82-45) at Dodger Stadium. The Cubs won the last game 6-4, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27 and can be seen on FS1, SNLA and WGN.
Urias pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out six in a 4-0 win over the Reds. Corey Seager (.323, 86 Rs, 22 HRs, 61 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5. Hammel went 3.1 innings, surrendering 10 runs (four unearned), striking out two and walking two in an 11-4 defeat to the Rockies in his most recent start. Kris Bryant (.303, 107 Rs, 35 HRs, 89 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Cubs, going 2 for 4 yesterday with three runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
The odds for Los Angeles and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Dodgers have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.1 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.0 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.0. The Dodgers are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.186 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who lead the NL in strikeouts per game with 9.2.
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 1.121 for the season.
The Cubs lead the season series, 4-1. The Dodgers have a 56-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hammel takes the mound. Urias (LHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have a very good 27-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs's last 12 games when playing LA Dodgers.
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers.
LA Dodgers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs.
The Dodgers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cubs who are coming in with a 55-20 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Cubs have a slight leg up on the Dodgers, as the Cubs have won their last four games while the Dodgers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 52-15. The Cubs have a 69-13 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 581 this season. Chicago ranks third with 653 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 514 this season. Los Angeles ranks ninth with 419 walks.
The Dodgers are 55-29 when they hit at least one home run. The Cubs perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 61-24 record.