In a brief one-game series between the Chicago Cubs (34-27) and the Cleveland Indians (34-27) at Wrigley Field, Jake Arrieta (6-4, 3.16 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (5-3, 3.53 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 16 and will air on STO and WPWR. The first game of the series was postponed due to rain.
In his most recent outing, Arrieta pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 12-3 victory over the Tigers. Kris Bryant (.294, 37 Rs, 7 HRs, 35 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday. The Indians were unsuccessful to the Mariners 9-3 the last time Bauer pitched. He went 3.2 innings, allowing six runs, striking out five and walking five. Jason Kipnis (.335, 41 Rs, 5 HRs, 28 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Indians, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
Chicago, a -140 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Cleveland. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is unavailable at the moment. The Cubs are 22-15 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +371. They are 4-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Cubs are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 46 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Turning to the pitching staff, the Cubs are fifth in the league in WHIP at 1.20.
Switching gears, the Indians come into this game with a win percentage of .476 when playing as the underdog (10-11) and an overall money line of -1,118. Against interleague competitors, they are 4-2 SU and have a poor 0-1 record when they were an underdog to win. During the last 10 games, they averaged 3.0 runs per game, below their 4.2 season average. The Indians are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.43 ERA on the road this season. They also average just 7.6 hits allowed per road game, second-best in the AL. The Cleveland pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an AL-best 9.5 strikeouts per game.
This game will feature Bauer (RHP) on the mound against the Cubs, who have a 29-23 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Indians will be the right-hander Arrieta. They sport an 18-19 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
Cleveland has won 45% (9-11) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 56% (15-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cubs managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are coming in with an 18-12 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 5-26. The Cubs have a 7-22 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 54 this season. Chicago ranks 13th with 59 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.40 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.59.
Ranking 16th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.711). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .727.
The Indians are 20-25 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 20-20 when they allow at least one homer.