Hamels scheduled to start for Cubs at Astros
By The Associated Press
Chicago Cubs (30-21, first in the NL Central) vs. Houston Astros (35-19, first in the NL West)
Houston; Monday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.38 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 60 strikeouts) Astros: Gerrit Cole (4-5, 4.11 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 100 strikeouts)
LINE: Astros favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Houston and Chicago will square off at Minute Maid Park on Monday.
The Cubs are 12-11 in road games. The Chicago offense has compiled a .260 batting average as a team this season, good for third in the league. Willson Contreras leads the team with a mark of .322. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.
TOP PERFORMERS: Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 65 hits and is batting .320. Carlos Correa is 9-for-34 with a double, a home run and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Houston.
Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 63 hits and is batting .313. Kris Bryant is 14-for-38 with three doubles, four home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 6-4, .242 batting average, 2.83 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs
Cubs: 5-5, .286 batting average, 5.30 ERA, outscored opponents by one run
Astros Injuries: Joe Smith: 10-day IL (achilles), Collin McHugh: 10-day IL (right elbow discomfort), Lance McCullers Jr.: 10-day IL (elbow), George Springer: 10-day IL (hamstring), Aledmys Diaz: day-to-day (hamstring discomfort), Jose Altuve: 10-day IL (hamstring), Max Stassi: 10-day IL (knee).
Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: 10-day IL (hand), Pedro Strop: 10-day IL (hamstring), Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Xavier Cedeno: 10-day IL (wrist inflammation), Tony Barnette: 60-day IL (shoulder), Kris Bryant: day-to-day (undisclosed).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.
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