Mike Fiers (10-6, 4.29 ERA) and Jake Arrieta (16-6, 2.84 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (75-67) and the Chicago Cubs (90-51) at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 2-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 11 and can be seen on ESPN.
Fiers pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking two in a 6-2 win over the Indians. Jose Altuve (.339, 97 Rs, 22 HRs, 92 RBIs, 27 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Arrieta went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Giants in his most recent start.
In their last game, the Cubs lost by a margin of one run. The Astros are 25-22 in one-run games. The Cubs have a 21-22 record in close games.
The Astros managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cubs who are coming in with a 29-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 12-56. The Cubs have a 9-31 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total home runs this season, Houston ranks 12th with 178 homers and Chicago is 15th with 172.
Chicago tops the league in walks with 569 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 504.
When the Astros hit at least one home run, they are 65-40, well-matched with the Cubs who are 65-26 when hitting one or more homers.