Jason Hammel (6-1, 2.17 ERA) is on the hill for the Chicago Cubs (34-14) as they square off against Alex Wood (1-3, 4.03 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (27-24) in the first of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs come into this series hoping to extend a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 5:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 30 and can be seen on WGN and SNLA.
Hammel pitched 7.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking three in a 12-3 win over the Cardinals. Dexter Fowler (.316, 34 Rs, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Wood went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out 13 and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Padres in his last outing. Joc Pederson (.246, 23 Rs, 8 HRs, 24 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Chicago and Los Angeles are Cubs -150 , while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 19-4, while Los Angeles is 8-10.
The Dodgers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Cubs have a record of 3-3 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 27-4. The Dodgers have a 22-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th, Los Angeles sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 224 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at third with 273.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 230 this season. Los Angeles ranks eighth with 174 walks.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 27-5. When the Dodgers hit at least one homer, they have an 18-12 record.