Los Angeles Angels at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Saturday April 13, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -165 / Los Angeles Angels +145
The Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago Cubs will meet up on the MLB diamond Saturday to continue their weekend series.
In game one of this series on Friday, the Cubs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 5-1 victory.
In the Friday loss, the Angels could only muster four hits as a team. Albert Pujols owned two of those hits, with one being a solo homer that represented LA’s only run of the game.
Looking at Saturday, the Angels will be sending out Chris Stratton in the start. Over his 8.1 innings and 0-1 mark this year, Stratton has a 6.48 ERA with two Ks and six walks.
As for the Cubs, they had some solid performances in the Friday win. Willson Contreras was the big contributor there, slapping a pair of solo home runs among his three hits. Anthony Rizzo ripped a two-run homer in that one as well.
For the Saturday game, Chicago will be going with Kyle Hendricks in the start. Over 8.1 innings and an 0-2 mark so far this season, Henricks has a 6.48 ERA with eight Ks and four BBs.
The Angels are 1-4 in their last five Saturday games and 6-1 in their last seven overall. LA is 4-2 in their last six interleague games and 6-1 in their last seven versus the NL Central.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 10-3 in their last 13 versus the AL West and 4-8 in their last 12 overall. Chicago is 5-1 in Hendricks’ last six home starts and 19-3 in his last 22 Saturday starts.
Stratton hasn’t gone past 4.1 innings in either of his starts this year, and stretching back to last year he hasn’t gone past 4.2 innings in the last five games (prior to that was a complete-game shutout, which is a little weird).
In any case, I don’t trust Hendricks right now either. He’s given up a whopping 18 hits over his two starts and hasn’t gotten any help offensively (two runs total).
I’m not thrilled with either team’s situation here, but at Wrigley I have to go with Chicago as the more likely victor.