Toronto Blue Jays (59- 64 SU, 56-61-6 O/U) v. Chicago Cubs (65-57 SU, 57-59-6 O/U) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, August 20th, 2017 at 2:20 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Marco Estrada (R) 5-8, 5.09 ERA, 1.46 WHIP (TOR) v. Kyle Hendricks (R) 4-4, 3.45 ERA, 1.26 WHIP (CHC)
Money Line: Toronto Blue Jays +180 | Chicago Cubs -200
The Chicago Cubs will play host to the Toronto Blue Jays in this interleague skirmish. The Cubbies have had an up and down season, but they’re now at the front of the pack in the NL Central. The Cubs have a two game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the division standings. The Toronto Blue Jays, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the AL East standings. The Jays are twelve games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox. Will the Cubbies strengthen their grip on the NL Central with a win at home on Sunday afternoon?
Blue Jays grounded by the Cubs
The Toronto Blue Jays fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. The Jays struggled at the plate in the loss. They finished the game with only 6 hits. Toronto’s lineup has been one of the worst in the majors this year. The Blue Jays have only scored 521 runs, which is the sixth fewest in Major League Baseball.
Marco Estrada will get the nod for the Jays in this matchup with the Cubbies. Estrada hasn’t had a great season thus far. The right-handed veteran looked really bad in his most recent start, a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Estrada gave up 10 hits, 4 walks, and 6 runs in only 4 1/3 innings of action. The Jays are hoping that Estrada can get back on track with a win on Sunday at Wrigley Field.
Cubs win again in game two
The Chicago Cubs came up with their second consecutive win, topping the Blue Jays 4-3 in Saturday’s game two. The Cubbies have won the first two games of this series, so they’ll go for the sweep in Sunday’s matchup. Chicago’s lineup finished Saturday’s victory with 8 hits. The Cubs have been one of the best offensive teams in Major League Baseball. They’ve scored 587 runs this season, which is the eighth most in either league.
Kyle Hendricks starts Sunday’s game on the mound. Hendricks has played well, but wins have been hard to come by for the right-hander. He looked good in his most recent start against the Cincinnati Reds. Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings, but the start resulted in a no-decision. He spent some time on the DL earlier this season and hasn’t won a game in nearly 3 months. The Cubs are hoping that Hendricks can finally pick up his fifth win of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
- 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
- 2-5 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- 2-7 in their last 9 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 1-6 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
The Chicago Cubs are:
- 5-0 in their last 5 vs. American League East.
- 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games.
- 6-1 in their last 7 interleague home games vs. a team with a losing record.
- 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games.
The Cubbies have been playing really well recently, and Kyle Hendricks has been impressive on the mound. Hendricks hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in a start since returning from the DL. He has a 2.04 ERA in the month of August, and he’s due for a win. Meanwhile, Marco Estrada has a 5.33 ERA in away games this season, and I think the Cubs lineup could light him up. I like the Chicago Cubs to complete the sweep with a win on Sunday.