Game One Hundred Fifty-Four: Cubs (98-55) vs. Cardinals (80-73)
- Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 89, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jason Hammel, RHP (15-9, 3.56/1.18/4.39) vs. Alex Reyes, RHP (3-1, 1.03/1.08/2.76)
Joe Maddon gives the ball to Jason Hammel this afternoon as the Cubs look to win the series and season series against the Cardinals. By winning Friday, the Cubs took the edge in the season series with the Cardinals. The Cubs have won nine of the first 17 games against their long-time rivals.
Jason Hammel has pitched a lot better at Wrigley this season than on the road. And he has the tough task today of keeping the Cardinals off the board while his teammates figure out Alex Reyes.
The Cubs get another shot at Reyes today. With the way they’ve allowed him to dominate in two appearances, today is an extremely important game. The Cubs must show Reyes they are not the easy outs they have been to this point against him. The Cubs could see Reyes one or two more times this year and must place some doubt in the extreme amount of confidence he has right now.
The Cubs must make him work early and take advantage of the free passes Reyes will likely hand out.
Today all starts with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel was rather sharp in his last start against the Reds. Hammel found a rhythm and had very good command for seven innings. Hammel allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Hammel picked up the win after the Cubs rallied in the seventh with three runs in a 4-2 victory over the Redlegs.
Hammel is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 6.87 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. In his last 12 games, Hammel is 8-4 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
Hammel’s bad starts have come on the road this season (5-8, 5.33 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) which bodes well for today. Hammel is 10-1 in 14 starts at Wrigley with a 1.84 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
Jason Hammel makes his fifth and final start of the season against the Cardinals today. Hammel is 2-2 in the first four with a 3.65 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. In 24 2/3 innings versus the Redbirds this season, Hammel has allowed 10 runs on 21 hits with six walks and 22 strikeouts.
Cardinals Numbers against Jason Hammel in 2016
- Matt Carpenter: 1-for-10 with one home run
- Yadier Molina: 2-for-9 with one triple and one walk
- Matt Adams: 3-for-8 with two doubles and one walk
- Aledmys Diaz: 3-for-8 with one home run and one walk
- Stephen Piscotty: 2-for-9 with one double
- Randal Grichuk: 3-for-8 with two double
- Brandon Moss: 4-for-5 with one double, one home run and one walk
- Kolten Wong: 0-fo-4 with two walks
- Jhonny Peralta: 0-for-6
- Jeremy Hazelbaker: 0-for-4
- Alex Reyes: 0-for-2
Alex Reyes followed his 4 1/3 shutout innings against the Cubs with a gem in San Francisco. Reyes started in place of Jaime Garcia and allowed just four hits with two walks and six strikeouts to the Giants. The Cardinals won 3-0.
Reyes is the real deal and has already beaten the Cubs twice this season in two games. It’s time for the Cubs to rattle the rookie right-hander.
Reyes is 2-1 in his last four games, two starts, with a 1.29 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. And on the road in the majors this season, Reyes is 2-1 in six appearances, two starts, with a 1.19 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
Alex Reyes is a perfect 2-0 in two appearances against the Cubs with a 0.00 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. The Cubs have managed just two hits and seven walks while striking out seven times in 7 1/3 innings. Today is the first of what should be at least six years of starts against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Cubs Career Numbers against Alex Reyes
- Kris Bryant: 1-for-4
- Anthony Rizzo: 0-for-3 with one walk
- Willson Contreras: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Dexter Fowler: 1-for-2 with one walk
- Jason Heyward: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Addison Russell: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Ben Zobrist: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Jason Hammel: 0-for-1
- Jorge Soler: 0-for-1 with one walk
- Javier Baez: 0-for-1
- Matt Szczur: 0-for-1
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