Game One Hundred: Cubs (59-40) vs. White Sox (50-50)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV, ESPN – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jason Hammel, RHP (9-5, 3.35/1.10/4.37) vs. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP (1-0, 17.18/2.72/12.14)
The Crosstown Series moves to Wrigley Field as the Cubs open an eight-game homestand with a pair of games with the Sox.
The Cubs play the 100th game of the season against the Sox tonight behind Jason Hammel. Joe Maddon will need for Hammel to keep the high-flying White Sox off the board and give his teammates a chance to figure out Anthony Ranaudo.
Jacob Turner was originally scheduled to start tonight’s game. Rick Hahn and Robin Ventura decided to go with Anthony Ranaudo instead in what will be his White Sox debut. The Southsiders acquired Ranaudo on May 12 from the Rangers for Matt Ball. And the Cubs front office is very familiar with him.
Theo Epstein and the Red Sox selected Anthony Ranaudo in the first round (39th overall pick) of the 2010 draft. The Sox dealt him to the Rangers for Robbie Ross on Jan. 27, 2015.
The Cubs offense has struggled during the five-game road trip. Hopefully being back at Wrigley will give the players a little boost, something they appear to need.
With Chris Sale going in the finale of the Crosstown Series on Thursday, tonight is really a must win for Joe Maddon’s team to avoid the possibility of losing all four to the Sox.
Tonight all starts with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel had a solid start his last time out against the Brewers. Hammel put his team in position to win the game, and the Cubs did 5-2. Hammel pitched into the sixth inning after allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings. After allowing a leadoff double, Joe Maddon went to his pen with the tying run stepping to the plate. Hammel had a good outing, his second in a row.
Hammel is 2-0 in his last two starts with a 2.45 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. And Hammel is 4-1 in eight starts at Wrigley Field this season with a 2.70 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.
Jason Hammel makes his fifth career start against the White Sox tonight. Hammel is 1-2 in nine games, four starts, with a 4.01 ERA and 1.34 WHIP versus the Southsiders.
White Sox Career Numbers against Jason Hammel
- Melky Cabrera: 5-for-16 with one double, two home runs and one walk
- Justin Morneau: 7-for-14 with five doubles and four walks
- Brett Lawrie: 4-for-14 with one home run
- Todd Frazier: 2-for-11 with one double, one home run and one walk
- J.B. Shuck: 1-for-7
- Avisail Garcia: no official at-bat, one walk
The Cubs get their first look at Anthony Ranaudo in his White Sox debut. With the way the first two games at the Cell went and Chris Sale scheduled for the finale of the series on Thursday, the Cubs must make Ranaudo work and win tonight’s game.
Ranaudo makes the 10th start of his big league career tonight in his first appearance for the White Sox. Ranaudo made two appearances for the Rangers in a relief role earlier this season. In 3 2/3 innings, Ranaudo allowed seven runs on two hits with eight walks and two strikeouts.
In 13 games, nine starts, over three seasons in the majors, Ranaudo is 5-4 with a 6.33 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 6.77 FIP.
Anthony Ranaudo was 5-3 in 13 starts for Triple-A Charlotte in the Sox system with a 3.20 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.
Ben Zobrist (1-for-7) is the only player on Joe Maddon’s active roster that has faced Ranaudo in a Major League game that counts.
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