Around The Horn: The Cubs & Wrigley Field
Chicago enters its final game vs. the Nationals on Thursday afternoon having dropped 15 of its last 18 games at Wrigley Field.
- Jeff Samardzija is 7-11 with a 4.12 ERA
- Edwin Jackson is 7-13 with a 4.89 ERA
- Travis Wood is 7-10 with a 3.13 ERA
- Jake Arrieta is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA
- Chris Rusin is 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA
2012 Park Factor (Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate below 1.000 favors the pitcher. Higher than 1.000 favors the hitter).
- Runs: 1.024
- HR: 0.962
- H: 0.981
- 2B: 1.077
- 3B: 0.930
- BB: 1.134
Interesting facts about Wrigley: The oldest National League facility and second oldest in MLB, it has been the home ballpark of the Cubs since 1916. Originally built for the Chicago Federal League baseball team the Chicago Whales. From 1921 to 1970 it also served as the home field of the Chicago Bears. The facility also hosted the second annual NHL Winter Classic in 2009. "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks nicknamed the park "The Friendly Confines". It is the 10th-smallest actively used ballpark with a capacity of just over 41,000. To say there is a lot of history surrounding this place would be an understatement obviously, but to summarize what the park is most famous for: its unusual wind patterns off Lake Michigan, the "hand turned" scoreboard, the ivy covered brick outfield wall, the red marquee over the main entrance and the fact that it was the last major league park to have lights installed for play after dark (installed in 1988). "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" is sung by different notable people during the stretch, a tradition started by Hall of Fame announcer Harry Caray in 1982.
Has home field been an advantage for the Cubs over the last five years?
- 2008: 97-64 overall. 55-26 at home. 42-38 on road.
- 2009: 83-78 overall. 46-34 at home. 37-44 on road.
- 2010: 75-87 overall. 35-46 at home. 40-41 on road.
- 2011: 71-91 overall. 39-42 at home. 32-49 on road.
- 2012: 61-101 overall. 38-43 at home. 23-58 on road.
2013 as of writing: 54-72 overall. 25-40 at home. 29-32 on road.
Over the last half decade, the Cubs have finished in first place in the NL Central, and also in last. But with three sub-par records over the last five years, and with what must be considered an overall brutal performance once again in 2013, it's safe to say that home field is not an advantage for the Cubbies.
The Cubs host the Phillies at the end of the month for a three-game set.
These teams played three in Philadelphia earlier this month and the home side went 2-1.
They played against each other twice in 2012 at Wrigley Field and the Cubs lost both.
- Chi. White Sox
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- May 23, 2015 - 4:10 PM
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- 5dimes @ -186 Chi. White Sox
1* Chi White Sox (4:10 ET): I gave out the White Sox as a premium pick yday (won 3-2) & I'll stick with them here as they have Chris Sale pitching this afternoon. The price is "juicy" to say the least, but well worth it as the home team came into this series w/ revenge on its mind after being swept by Minnesota earlier this month.Sale is off a gem.
The last time we saw him, Sale was able to keep his team in the game even as they were being dominated by the Indians' Corey Kluber. He allowed just one run and four hits over eight innings of work & the White Sox would go on to take the game 2-1 in extra innings. Here he faces a Twins lineup that was held to only three hits last night by Jeff Samardzija. Sale is off B2B strong outings, where his KW ratio is 18-3, and he has never lost to Minnesota in four career starts at home (2.73 ERA).
Now the Twins did get to Sale at Target Field earlier this year. But despite their lofty numbers against lefties in 2015, I expect Minnesota to continue to come back "down to Earth" following their surprising start to the season. Also aiding the White Sox cause is going up against righty Trevor May, who in two road starts this season has a 9.82 ERA & 2.183 WHIP. The home team has won seven of the eight games played between these two AL Central rivals this season. 1* Chi White Sox
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