Shaun Marcum (3-1, 4.09 ERA) and Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 4.84 ERA) take the hill in the first of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians (30-33) and the Chicago Cubs (34-28) at Progressive Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 17 and can be seen on CSN-CHI and STO.
Jason Kipnis (.333, 44 Rs, 5 HRs, 28 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with three runs and two stolen bases. Kris Bryant (.294, 37 Rs, 7 HRs, 35 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Marcum and Wada both stayed on their regular turns in the rotation, even after Monday's rainout in Chicago.
The odds for Cleveland and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Against the NL, the Indians have a 4-2 record SU. 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 2.7 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.
Chicago is 2-2 SU against interleague opponents. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is second in the NL. The Cubs have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.6 strikeouts per road game.
The Indians have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Indians have an 11-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hammel takes the mound. Salazar (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have a 29-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
After last game's shutout win against the Chicago Cubs, the Indians now have four shutouts this season. The Cubs have been shut out in five games this season.
The Cubs are 7-3 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Indians are 1-2 in such matchups.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Cubs are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 24-5. The Cubs have a 22-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Chicago has earned 250 this season. Cleveland ranks 16th with 265 runs.
Cleveland ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 238 this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 210.
The Indians are 24-15 when they hit at least one home run. The Cubs perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 22-13 record.