Danny Salazar (6-2, 3.54 ERA) and Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.81 ERA) start in the second of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians (30-34) and the Chicago Cubs (35-28) at Progressive Field. The Cubs won the last game 17-0 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 18 and can be seen on CSN-CHI and STO.

Jason Kipnis (.333, 44 Rs, 5 HRs, 28 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Anthony Rizzo (.306, 37 Rs, 12 HRs, 39 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Cubs, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.

Cleveland is a -131 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Indians have an overall money line of -988 and a record as the favorite of 19-22. In interleague play, they have had a solid season, earning 4-1 and 5-2 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Indians have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.2 runs per game. Cleveland's pitchers put it all together when National League teams are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 2.3 against NL teams, compared to its 4.3 season average. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Indians, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 9.4.

In games where it is the underdog, Chicago has a 12-12 record and an overall money line of +231. Chicago has had a tough time against American League opponents, coming in winless as the underdog ({betdsi.at.al.dog_record}). Their performance SU is a bit better, with a 2-3. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is third in the NL. The Cubs allow 4.0 runs per game, but does worse whenever an AL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 4.8 against teams from the AL. The Cubs have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.6 strikeouts per road game.

The Indians have a 19-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hendricks takes the mound. Carrasco (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have a 29-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over


In their last game, the Cubs won by a margin of 17 runs. The Indians are 1-1 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Cubs have a 1-0 record in blowouts.

When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 15-13, while Cleveland is 10-11.

Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Indians are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Cubs have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.

When they are outhit, the Indians are 5-27. The Cubs have a 7-23 record when opponents outhit them.

Cleveland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 55 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 12th with 63.

Ranking 11th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.32 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.59.

Cleveland and Chicago both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Cleveland sits at 12th with an OPS of .723 and Chicago ranks 15th with an OPS of .718.

When the Cubs allow at least one home run, they are 20-21, well-matched with the Indians who are 20-26 when allowing at least one homer.