The Chicago White Sox (34-36) visit the Chicago Cubs (39-32) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs defeated the White Sox in nine of their last 12 H2H duels and in six of the previous eight encounters at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs won six of their last seven showings at home and 13 of their previous 17 home meetings with the American League. On the other side, the White Sox lost six of their last eight games on the road and 13 of their previous 15 road matchups with the National League.
The White Sox will start Ivan Nova, while the Cubs will counter with Cole Hamels. Nova is 3-5 in 14 starts this term, recording a 6.28 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. Hamels is 6-2 in 14 starts this season, tallying a 2.98 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. The White Sox lost six of Nova’s last nine starts on the road, while the Cubs won nine of Hamels’ previous 12 starts at home.
The Los Angeles Dodgers (48-25) upset their backers last night, losing 3-2 to the San Francisco Giants (31-39) in the opening clash of a four-game set at Dodger Stadium in LA. I expect them to bounce back tonight, especially with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.
Kershaw is the Dodgers’ best pitcher, and the left-hander is 6-1 in 11 starts this term, recording a 3.13 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. The seven-time All-Star is 22-11 in 45 starts against the Giants with a 1.72 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. The Dodgers are 9-1 in his last ten starts and 12-5 in his previous 17 starts versus San Francisco.
Rookie Shaun Anderson will take the hill for the visitors, and he’s 2-1 in six starts with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP, while the Giants are 4-2 in that six-game span. The Dodgers are 33-16 against the right-handed starter this season and 12-3 in their last 15 outings at home. Also, 12 of the Dodgers’ last 15 wins at home came by two or more runs.