Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.89 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (38-30) square off against Zack Greinke (5-2, 1.81 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (39-32) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 4-2 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and CSN-CHI.
Hammel is 2-5 with a 5.52 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, and goes up against a quality Los Angeles offense which is batting .258 this season. Kris Bryant (.282, 40 Rs, 10 HRs, 42 RBIs, 5 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. Against the Cubs, Greinke is 4-2 with a 4.30 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts. Adrian Gonzalez (.297, 38 Rs, 12 HRs, 45 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Los Angeles takes on Chicago as a -135 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is currently unavailable. The Cubs have an overall money line of +336 and a record as the underdog of 14-13. Chicago leads the whole NL in walks at home, earning an average of 3.5 per game. Turning to the pitchers, the Cubs are the fourth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.20 so far this season.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 35-28 record and an overall money line of -524. The Dodgers can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking third in the league with 93 home runs. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 4.0 per road game. Los Angeles's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL at pitching on the road, with a 3.78 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.19 for the season. The Dodgers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.6 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Cubs have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Cubs have a 32-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Greinke takes the mound. Hammel (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 36-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 15-13, while Chicago is 16-14.
The Cubs managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with a 24-13 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 7-25. The Dodgers have a 7-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks in the top 10 of the league at 10th when it comes to home runs, hitting 71 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 93.
Chicago and Los Angeles both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Chicago sits at 10th with 8.48 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks ninth with 8.51.
Ranking 16th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.715). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .773.
The Dodgers are 16-23 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 22-21 when they allow at least one homer.