Game One Hundred Thirty-Two: Cubs (75-56) vs. Reds (54-77)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jason Hammel (7-6, 3.42/1.11/3.62) vs. Raisel Iglesias (3-6, 3.92/1.12/3.37)
The Cubs turn to Jason Hammel in the rubber game against the Reds. And Hammel is looking to celebrate his 33rd birthday with a win over the Redlegs in the final game of the season against Cincinnati at Wrigley. The Cubs are 10-5 versus the Reds this year, 6-3 at Wrigley, and have three games left with Joey Votto and company this season (Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Great American Ball Park).
Jason Hammel is the first Cubs’ pitcher to start a game on his birthday since Ryan Dempster faced the Reds on May 3, 2012. And the last Cubs’ starter to win a game on his birthday was Randy Wells on Aug. 28, 2010 at Cincinnati.
Jason Hammel showed a little more improvement his last time out. Hammel is one of the keys for the Cubs over the last month of the season. The Cubs need the ‘Hammer’ from the first half, especially if the team reaches a post-season series.
Raisel Iglesias has been very, very good over his last eight starts. If the Cubs allow him to settle in, it could be a difficult afternoon for the offense. Iglesias pitches at Wrigley for the first time today in his second career start against the Cubs. Joe Maddon should load his lineup with lefties … southpaws have pounded Iglesias to the tune of a .295/.359/.344 slash line.
Today all starts with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel kept up with Clayton Kershaw in his last outing for the first five innings. Hammel struggled in the sixth and was replaced by Travis Wood before he could record an out. Hammel took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits with three walks, two wild pitches and five strikeouts in five-plus innings.
Hammel showed signs of the pitcher he was prior to the left hamstring injury on July 8 and will look to build on his last two outings on his birthday.
Since the break, Hammel is 2-2 in eight starts with a 4.93 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. Hammel is 2-2 in 13 starts at Wrigley this season with a 3.52 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. And Hammel faces the Reds for the third time on the year today.
Hammel has two no-decisions in two games against the Reds. The ‘Hammer’ has allowed six runs on 12 hits with six walks and eight strikeouts in 10 innings to the Redlegs this year (2.70 ERA, 1.80 WHIP).
Keeping the ball down and establishing his fastball command early in the game are keys for Jason Hammel this afternoon.
Reds Career Numbers against Jason Hammel
- Joey Votto: 3-for-17 with one double, one home run and three walks
- Brandon Phillips: 5-for-14 with one double
- Jay Bruce: 3-for-11 with one double, one home run and two walks
- Skip Schumaker: 2-for-7 with two walks
- Todd Frazier: 2-for-7 with one double, one home run and one walk
- Brayan Pena: 2-for-8
- Eugenio Suarez: 1-for-4
- Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1-for-2 with one double and one walk
- Raisel Iglesias: 0-for-2
Raisel Iglesias has been outstanding since he faced the Cubs back on July 21. Iglesias is coming off a loss to the Brewers in which he gave up three runs on four hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Iglesias has struck out 23 batters in his last two starts (14 innings) while allowing just seven hits.
Iglesias was 2-3 in six starts in August with a 2.27 ERA and 0.76 WHIP. Over his last 39 2/3 innings, the right hander has allowed 11 runs, 10 earned, on 20 hits with 10 walks and 45 strikeouts. And since the break, Iglesias is 2-4 in eight starts with a 2.81 ERA and 0.90 WHIP.
Outside of Great American Ball Park, Iglesias is 1-5 in seven games, six starts, with a 5.40 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.
Raisel Iglesias makes his second start of the season and of his career against the Cubs today. Iglesias limited the Cubs to two runs on six hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings back on July 21. Iglesias received a no-decision in a 5-4 Cubs win.
The Cubs must make him work today. Raisel Iglesias has started to figure things out in the big leagues.
Cubs Numbers against Raisel Iglesias in 2015
- Kris Bryant: 0-for-3
- Starlin Castro: 0-for-3
- Chris Coghlan: 2-for-3 with one home run
- Dexter Fowler: 1-for-3
- Jason Hammel: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 0-for-3
- Addison Russell: 0-for-1 with two walks
- Kyle Schwarber: 2-for-3 with one double
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