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Alex Wood looks to continue recent success but faces a forminable foe in the Cubs

Alex Wood
Alex Wood
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Alex Wood makes his tenth start of the season as he takes on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  In his last start, Wood struck out a career high 13 in six innings at San Diego on May 21st.  And in his last three starts, Wood has pitched 18⅓ innings with 1.96 ERA and 27 strikeouts with only four walks

Wood has not had a lot of experience against the Cubs, five players, Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and David Rossin today's Cubs lineup have not faced Wood. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each have just one hit against Wood, Bryant's hit was a home run.

The first thing that stands out when reviewing Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel early season record is his 6.9 runs in support per game.  He's had only three starts with 3 or less runs scored for him.  That said, Hammel has pitched well, his FIP is 3.37 and he's given up just three home runs in 54 innings pitched.

Adrian Gonzalez has 42 plate appearances against Hammel, the second highest of any active player.  That hasn't translated into success however as a .184/.262/.316 stat line reflects.  Chase Utley has only 13 plate appearances but he is 5-for-9 with a triple and a home run with two walks and two HBP.

At 34-14, the 2016 Chicago Cubs have their franchise best record after 48 games since 1907, when they were 38-10.  The 34 wins in the first 48 games ties the Detroit Tigers in 2006 and only the 2001 Seattle Mariners at 36-12 had a better record in 2000s.

The Brooklyn Dodgers first game at Weeghman Park in Chicago was on May 17, 1916.  The Cubs home ballpark would later be called Cubs Park until formally being changed to Wrigley Field in 1927. The Dodgers and Cubs have played 804 games at Wrigley Field since 1916, the Cubs lead 404-400 in those games.

The best offensive game at Wrigley Field by a Los Angeles Dodger was back in 1974, when Davey Lopes hit three home runs and a double as part of his 5-for-6 game.  Ernie Banks is one of two Cubs to hit three home runs at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a game where Sandy Koufax left after recording just one out in 1963.

No Cubs starting pitcher as ever recorded a Game Score of 90 or better against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field and while Sandy Koufax has a pair of 90+ Game Score games there, current Dodger broadcaster Orel Hershiser pitched a two-hit shutout at Wrigley back in 1984.