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1* Chi Cubs (2:20 ET): Though I had an outstanding Thursday overall, the Cubs still made me look foolish as they finished a sweep of the Mets. I was on the wrong side in every game of the series as the Cubs finish the year a perfect 7-0 vs. NY. (Remember still up for the week). Friday afternoon finds me recommending the Cubbies in an "about face."
Actually, it was nothing against the Cubs as to why I continued to play against them throughout the week. But rather, the Mets were at home and had revenge for a four-game sweep that took place in Wrigley Field earlier this year. Chicago has had its issues offensively of late, but they did bust loose for six runs yday. Of course those offensive issues didn't matter when you give up all of one run in the entire series.
Pitching today for the Cubs will be Jason Hammel, who somehow is just 1-0 in six home starts despite a 2.20 ERA and 0.927 WHIP. For the second time in three starts, he's coming off an outing where he lasted just four innings. But both were on the road. In between was a brilliant outing where he allowed just two hits in 7+ scoreless innings here at Wrigley. His counterpart, Tom Koehler of the Marlins, has a 6.45 ERA and 1.593 WHIP on the road this season. Miami just did the Cubs a favor by sweeping the Giants (Wild Card race), but their run ends here. 1* Chi Cubs
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