Game One Hundred Thirty-Eight: Cubs (89-48) vs. Brewers (60-77)
- Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Jason Hammel, RHP (14-7, 3.14/1.13/4.26) vs. Wily Peralta, RHP (5-9, 5.53/1.64/5.13)
Jason Hammel gets the ball tonight as the Cubs look to secure a series win at Miller Park and start the nine-game road trip with back-to-back victories over the Brewers.
The Cubs found a way to win the opener on Monday with Chris Coghlan, Miguel Montero, Tommy La Stella and Jorge Soler stepping up offensively. With Joe Maddon sticking to his plan of resting his regulars, the Cubs depth should have an opportunity to make a difference again tonight.
With lefties and righties producing at about the same level against Wily Peralta this season, Maddon might use tonight as a way to get Kris Bryant a breather. Maddon has been looking for an opportunity to give him a day off. Bryant’s bat has slowed down a little over the last couple of games. Left-handers have hit .318/.387/.529 with a .916 OPS against Peralta this season while right-handers have a .906 OPS with a .322/.377/.529 slash line.
Anthony Rizzo will be running to the bat rack based on his career numbers against Peralta. Ben Zobrist and Dexter Fowler are expected back in the starting lineup.
Tonight all starts with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel looks to build on his last start against the Pirates tonight against the Brewers. Hammel silenced his critics with a very good outing last Wednesday at Wrigley. Hammel held the Pirates to one run on three hits in six innings. Hammel walked three and struck out six in a 6-5 win over the Bucs.
Hammel has pitched a lot better than he’s given credit for this season. Even with his two bad outings at Coors Field and Dodger Stadium, Hammel is 4-2 in his last six games with a 2.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. And since the break, Hammel is 7-2 in nine starts with a 2.54 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
For as well as Hammel has pitched, the struggles have been on the road outside of Wrigley. In 13 road starts this season, Hammel is 5-6 with a 4.65 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Teams are hitting close to 90 points higher against Hammel on the road (.266) than at Wrigley (.181) and 14 of the 19 home runs he’s allowed have been at the opponent’s park.
Hammel takes on the Brewers for the fourth time on the season tonight. Hammel is 2-1 in three starts with a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. And at Miller Park, Hammel is 1-1 in two starts with a 4.91 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
Brewers Numbers against Jason Hammel in 2016
- Scooter Gennett: 2-for-8 with one double and one walk
- Jonathan Villar: 0-for-8 with one walk
- Chris Carter: 1-for-7 with one home run and one walk
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 2-for-6 with one home run and two walks
- Hernan Perez: 3-for-7 with one double and one walk
- Ryan Braun: 1-for-4 with one home run
- Martin Maldonado: 1-for-4
- Keon Broxton: 0-for-2
Wily Peralta has had a bad season. Peralta has all of the talent, and stuff, to dominate in the big leagues. He has yet to put it all together. The Brewers had him spend time in the minors this season (10 starts for Triple-A Colorado) and the results have been better over the last month.
Peralta is coming off an excellent start against the Cardinals. Peralta gave up one run on three hits in seven innings to the Redbirds while striking out 10 with only one walk.
Wily Peralta is 1-2 in his last five starts with a 3.00 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
The Cubs get their first look of the season at Peralta tonight. Peralta had a lot of success against the Cubs early in his career. Peralta is 3-7 in 11 career starts versus the Cubs with a 4.09 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Wily Peralta
- Anthony Rizzo: 14-for-28 with three doubles, five home runs and four walks
- Jason Heyward: 6-for-19 with two doubles and one walk
- Chris Coghlan: 2-for-11 with two walks
- Dexter Fowler: 3-for-11 with one double and one walk
- Miguel Montero: 4-for-11 with one home run and one walk
- Jason Hammel: 1-for-7
- Javier Baez: 0-for-6
- Kris Bryant: 2-for-5 with one walk
- Jorge Soler: 2-for-6
- Addison Russell: 1-for-3 with one home run and two walks
- David Ross: 1-for-2 with one double and one walk
- Tommy La Stella: 1-for-1
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