The Chicago Cubs are finally back at Wrigley Field following a ten-game road trip. This will be their first game in Chicago since August 7th against the A’s. The road trip was up and down for the Cubs, but they ended on a high note with a blowout win in the Little League Classic against the Pirates. The Cubs finished the road trip with a record of 4-5.
Their weakest effort was three games in Philadelphia, where they got swept, including a bullpen collapse in the final game. The Cubs responded with two of three wins against the Pirates. They’ve struggled all season long on the road, so a record of 4-5 is no surprise for them.
They have been a talented team in Wrigleyville, though. Getting the best record possible for homefield advantage in the postseason is going to be important. First things first, though, the Cubs must get to the postseason to begin with. They’re on the bubble right now and would have to settle for a wildcard if the postseason started today.
The NL Central is currently up for grabs, with the Cardinals, Cubs, and Brewers all involved in the divisional race. The Cubs will be glad to be home now, though. They enter Tuesday night with a record of 41-19 at home. It’s night and day between their effort on the road, where the Cubs are an ugly 25-39. With a win by the Cardinals last night, the Cubs trail slightly in the division.
That’s a sizable difference for the Cubs, which makes playing at Wrigley in the postseason doubly important. Cole Hamels hopes to feel more comfortable at home tonight, having struggled recently on the road. The Giants, who are still in the wildcard race in the National League, will turn to Tyler Beede. They’re 3.5 games back, having to leapfrog four teams as it stands now. Not easy but not impossible. Head below for our free Giants vs. Cubs pick.
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Cole Hamels has not been at his best recently. He needed a trip back home to Wrigley to get his confidence back. Hamels allowed 4 earned runs in Cincinnati and then struggled again in his next outing, as he was tagged for 8 earned runs against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
In his latest effort at home, Hamels was brilliant against the Brewers. He blanked the Brewers in 5 innings of work, as the Cubs cruised to a 4-1 win. Leading up to those awful spots on the road, Hamels was pitching well with 1 or no runs allowed in six of seven outings.
The 4 runs he allowed against the Reds was the first game he gave up more than 3 runs since May 27th against the Astros in Houston. Clearly, the road has given him issues in 2019. Hamels owns an ERA of 5.16 and 1.59 WHIP on the road in 52.1 innings. Conversely, he’s felt at home in Wrigley Field, where he’s posted a 2.35 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 57.1 innings.
Tyler Beede of the Giants is searching for a bounce back start as well. Beede has gotten rattled for a 9.95 ERA and 1.89 WHIP in his previous three outings. He has allowed 4 earned runs in five straight games. And just like Hamels, Beede has struggled to find any control on the road.
He goes into a hostile Wrigley Field with a 6.23 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 47.2 innings. Expect the youngster to struggle at Wrigley against the Cubs here. The Cubs likely return home to a nice performance out of their offense against Beede. They look like a good bet to win by 2 or more runs in this spot.