Game Eighty-Four – Cubs (37-46) vs. Nationals (46-38)
- Game Time – 10:05am CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
Jason Hammel (7-5, 2.98/1.01/3.11) vs. Tanner Roark (7-5, 2.98/1.15/3.37)
Happy Fourth of July!
Weather permitting … The Cubs 11-game road trip continues this morning with the first of three against the Nationals. After spending Thursday’s off day in the Nation’s Capital, the Cubs will try to pick-up where they left off at Fenway Park. The Cubs swept the Red Sox and begin play today nine games under .500. But the Cubs will face a very good team in their home park for the next three days.
The Cubs and Nationals split the four-game series last weekend at Wrigley. After beating the Nationals the first two days, the Cubs lost both games of the day-night doubleheader and scored a grand total of two runs in the last 18 innings of the four-game set while the Nationals scored 10 times.
The Cubs have won only 18 times outside of Wrigley Field (18-26) this season while the Nationals have the second most home victories (26-17) in the Senior Circuit.
Jason Hammel will take the hill this morning in what could be his last start of the season with the Cubs. The rumors are heating up and teams could make the Cubs’ front office the deal they are looking for in return for Hammel. After today’s matchup of Hammel and Tanner Roark, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Gio Gonzalez Saturday afternoon. Jake Arrieta and Jordan Zimmermann will wrap up the series Sunday afternoon.
Today is the 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s Luckiest Man Speech and every player around the league will wear a patch on their jersey to recognize one of the most memorable moments in the history of the game.
Friday morning, the Fourth of July, all starts with Jason Hammel …
Thanks to the schedule makers, Jason Hammel will face the same team in back-to-back starts. Hammel was very good against the Nationals last Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Hammel allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Hammel finished June with a 1-2 record in five starts with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Hammel is making his 10th road start of the season this morning and is 3-4 in the first nine with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
Jason Hammel is 7-0 in nine career starts against the Nationals with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP … at Nationals Park, Hammel is 4-0 in five starts with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Nationals Career Numbers against Jason Hammel
Tanner Roark had one of his worst days on the mound this season last Friday at Wrigley Field. Roark gave up four runs on a season-high 10 hits and struck out as few as two batters for only the second time this year. Roark has pitched a lot better this season than he did at Wrigley. Look for Roark to prove a point this morning.
The young right hander has been very, very good at Nationals Park this year. Roark is 4-3 in eight starts with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Tanner Roark has allowed 10 runs, nine earned, on 43 hits with 16 walks and 34 strikeouts in 51 innings in his home park this season.
Tanner Roark is 1-1 in two career games, one start, against the Cubs with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Tanner Roark
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