Los Angeles Angels at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Friday April 12, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -156 / Los Angeles Angels +135
The Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago Cubs meet in game one of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to build on their current 6-game winning streak after a 4-2 win over Milwaukee to complete the sweep. Justin Bour had two RBIs and Andrelton Simmons chipped in an RBI of his own while Taylor Ward added a double. Kole Calhoun and David Fletcher each had a base hit as the Halos put up just five hits as a team in the winning effort. Felix Pena gave up just an unearned run on three hits over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Jaime Barria got the win to improve to 1-0 while Hansel Robles picked up his 1st save of the season. Tyler Skaggs will start game one and is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Skaggs’ second career start against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to build some steam after winning their series against Pittsburgh with a 2-0 triumph in the series finale on Thursday. Victor Caratini and Daniel Descalso each went 2 for 3 with an RBI to make up Chicago’s scoring in the win with Caratini’s hits resulting in a pair of doubles. Ben Zobrist added a base hit as well to round out Chicago’s offense as a team in the winning effort. Jose Quintana got the win after tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out 11. Pedro Strop closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the season. Cole Hamels will start game one and is 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hamels is 4-2 with a 2.80 ERA and 58 strikeouts against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 2-5 in Skaggs’ last 7 starts while the under is 6-0-1 in their last 7 road games. Chicago is 9-3 in their last 12 games against the AL West and 25-11 in their last 36 interleague games while the under is 20-8 in their last 28 home games. Los Angeles is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Chicago and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams overall.
I think you can definitely make a case with the Cubs being favored at home here. However, we are getting a red-hot Angels team at plus money that just took it to arguably the team to beat in the NL Central this season in the Milwaukee Brewers. I’m also not sold completely on the Cubs yet, who had to play late into Thursday night due to part of their game being delayed by rain and having to play a day game on a quick turnaround against an Angels team that had a day off to rest is far from an ideal spot. I’ll take a stab at the plus money with the Angels here.