Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 10.38 ERA) and Tyson Ross (1-0, 3.75 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (5-4) and the San Diego Padres (7-4) at Wrigley Field. The Padres won the last game 5-4 and San Diego leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and can be seen on FSN-SD and CSN-CHI.
Hendricks pitched 4.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 6-5 defeat to the Rockies. Dexter Fowler (.282 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and one stolen base. When pitching against the Cubs, Ross is 1-0 with a 1.12 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts. Wil Myers (.333, 9 Rs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Chicago is a slim -114 favorite at home against San Diego. The Cubs have an overall money line of +145 and a record as the favorite of 3-2. Chicago is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks at home, earning an average of 3.4 per game. Turning to the pitchers, the Cubs are the fourth-best team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.2 walks per game so far this season.
In the other locker room, in contrast to an encouraging overall money line (+142), San Diego has an unimpressive 1-2 record when playing as the underdog. The Padres are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the NL with 9.6 hits per game. The Padres have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.4 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Padres have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Cubs have a 5-2 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ross takes the mound. Hendricks (RHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 5-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Under
The Padres won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cubs are 2-2. The Padres are 3-1 in close games this season.
Chicago has won 50% (1-1) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, San Diego has won 67% (4-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Padres have a 4-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 0-3. The Cubs have a 3-4 record when opponents outhit them.
Tied at 11th for total home runs, Chicago and San Diego have each hit nine homers this season.
Ranking 12th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.13 per game. San Diego ranks in the top five at second with 9.60.
Ranking 12th, Chicago is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.689). San Diego ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .749.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 4-2. When the Cubs allow one or more homers, they have a 1-2 record.