The red-hot Chicago Cubs were cooled off a degree or two last night against the Oakland Athletics at Wrigley Field. The Athletics jumped all over the Cubs to take a 11-run lead by the 4th inning. Their power surge was spearheaded by an 8-run 2nd inning. The A’s bats got to Jon Lester, as he was throttled for 10 hits and 10 earned runs in 4 innings.
That will do damage to a pitcher’s ERA, there’s no doubt about that. Lester has generally done quite well at Wrigley Field this season, but he was way off the mark on Tuesday night in Wrigleyville. His numbers will naturally take a bad hit after that showing. In any event, the Cubs are still in a solid position and have been playing good baseball lately.
After dropping a 11-4 game last night, the Cubs four-game winning streak comes to an end. They were also winners in five of their previous six games. A sweep of the Brewers headlined their winning streak and was a downer for the Brewers. The Brewers are trying to catch the Cubs in the NL Central, along with the Cardinals.
Milwaukee have won their previous two games in Pittsburgh, so that’s a nice step to repairing the damage they received over the weekend. They nearly blew a 2-run lead in the 9th, though. With the Pirates having the tying run on 3rd with 1 out, they failed to get him home and it was game over.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are in Los Angels for a tough series against the Dodgers. Homer Bailey, who was acquired by the Athletics from the Royals to provide depth, will see what he can do at Wrigley Field here. Jose Quintana is scheduled to counter for the Cubs. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Cubs pick on Wednesday afternoon.
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The fact that the Kansas City Royals were able to flip Homer Bailey for something at the trade deadline is impressive in its own right. Last season it would have been impressive to find a trade suitor willing to give up a bag of balls and bats for Bailey. However, he’s shown slight signs of pitching better, so the Royals were able to find somebody who wanted him for depth. Recently, though, we’ve seen him revert back to being the same old terrible Homer Bailey.
He will enter Wrigley Field with an 8.59 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in his last three efforts. Bailey posted a 4.80 ERA for the Royals, which is a major improvement over his old stuff, but has struggled in four starts with his new team. Bailey owns an ERA of 6.97 in 20.2 innings with the A’s. That’s the guy we became familiar with the past three years.Also note that he has failed to generate much traction on the road. Bailey will look to improve on a 7.47 ERA and 1.74 WHIP on the road this afternoon.
He’s been okay against the Cubs in his career, with the Cubs hitting .274 with 21 runs scored in 135 at-bats. It used to be common for him to play the Cubs when he was in the National League with the Reds, so he’s familiar with this ballpark. After failing to generate much offense yesterday, expect the Cubs to turn it up on Bailey and knock him around early on Wednesday. Note that the Royals have hit just 1 home run and scored 4 runs on Quintana in 63 at-bats. Look for a bounce back performance by the Cubs in this one, as they find their stride on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.