Chicago Cubs at Seattle Mariners
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 30, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
Seattle Mariners +130 / Chicago Cubs -150
The Chicago Cubs and the Seattle Mariners meet in game one of a mini two game interleague set from T-Mobile Park on Tuesday night.
The Chicago Cubs will look to keep some momentum going after winning their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks following a 6-5 win in 15 innings in their last time out. Kris Bryant led the Cubs with a home run and three RBIs while Ben Zobrist had a double and two RBIs and Willson Contreras added a solo home run to round out Chicago’s scoring in the winning effort. Anthony Rizzo, David Bote and Tyler Chatwood each had a double while Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. each went 2 for 4. Jason Heyward and Jose Quintana each added a base hit as well in the victory for the Cubbies. Quintana gave up three runs on five hits over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Chatwood got the win to improve to 1-0 while Allen Webster picked up his 1st save of the season. Cole Hamels will start game one and is 3-0 with a 3.16 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hamels is 7-3 with a 4.64 ERA and 85 strikeouts against Seattle.
The Seattle Mariners will look to bounce back after settling for a split of their series with Texas, dropping the series finale on Sunday by a final score of 14-1. Ryon Healy accounted for the lone Seattle RBI while Daniel Vogelbach, Jay Bruce and Tim Beckham each had a double with Vogelbach going 2 for 3 at the dish. Dee Gordon went 2 for 4 to round out Seattle’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Erik Swanson took the loss, falling to 0-3 on the year after allowing nine runs, six earned, on 11 hits over four innings of work. Felix Hernandez will start game one and is 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hernandez is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 16 strikeouts against the Cubs.
Chicago is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 9-3 in their last 12 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 interleague road games. Seattle is 2-6 in Hernandez’s last 8 home starts and 2-8 in their last 10 home games while the over is 12-2 in their last 14 home games against a left-handed starter. Chicago is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Getting plus money with the Mariners at home is tempting, but it’s hard for me to get on board with Seattle after they’ve cooled off from their hot start and just gave up 29 runs in their last two games in their series with Texas. Hernandez also feels like due to get touched up at any moment as he is far removed from what I would classify as an ace pitcher. Chicago has been up and down as well, but they’ve picked up their play in a big way over the last couple of weeks and Hamels has been their best pitcher, is still unbeaten and has a 2.05 ERA in four starts in April so far. Even on the road, I feel that laying the juice with Chicago is the way to go here.