MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs0 2 1 2 0 0 3 0 2 10151
Cleveland0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 391
  W: T. Chatwood (1-3)   L: J. Tomlin (0-3)
3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, April 24, 2018
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 16,408

Cubs head to Cleveland for 2-game set

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Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians

  1. The Cubs took two out of three in Colorado over the weekend, outscoring the Rockies 27 to 17 in the three game series. Chicago has a +23 (66-43) run differential on the road this season, fourth best in the MLB and best in the NL.
  2. The Indians won the last three games of a four game series in Baltimore from April 20-23. After starting the season 3-5 (.375), Cleveland has won nine of its past 12 games. Since April 8, the Indians' 9-3 (.750) record is the third best in MLB over that span.
  3. On the season, Jose Ramirez has 13 walks and six strikeouts. This +7 walk-to-strikeout differential is tied for second most in MLB behind Bryce Harper's +15 (29-14) and tied with Didi Gregorious' +7 (15-8).
  4. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 23 RBI on the year. He is one of just two second basemen in baseball who lead his team in RBI. The other is Jed Lowrie who also has 23 RBI.
  5. Josh Tomlin has a career 11-5 (.688) record pitching against the NL. He has won each of his past four starts versus NL opponents and has pitched a quality start in each of his last three appearances.
  6. Tyler Chatwood has thrown 14 walks over 15.2 innings pitched in three starts with the Cubs this season. His 8.04 walks-per-nine ratio is the third worst in MLB behind Lance Lynn (9.00) and Lucas Giolito (8.55).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/24/2018 thru 4/25/2018

CLEVELAND -- The last time the Chicago and Cleveland played at Progressive Field, it was memorable and heartbreaking for the Indians, and memorable and electrifying for the Cubs.

The date was Nov. 2, 2016, Game 7 of the World Series, which the Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings. It's considered one of the greatest Game 7s ever played.

Tuesday night, the Cubs return to Cleveland for the first game of a brief two-game interleague series. Tuesday's game will undoubtedly rekindle some emotions for both teams of that memorable Game 7.

"It'll be fun," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told "It'll be fun to walk those steps. The locker room, the weight room. ... It was pretty spectacular, and I think retrospectively, when it's all laid out there years from now, it's going to be looked at as one of the more interesting World Series, or seventh games, ever played."

The Indians and Cubs met in the first spring training game in 2017, but Tuesday's game will be the first game between the two teams that counts, since that Game 7 in 2016.

"(The spring training game) was the first time we saw them, and that kind of brought back all the emotions and all those memories," said Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer. "(Tuesday) is the first time seeing them at our place, so it could bring back memories of Game 7 and everything that went down."

The Cubs come into Tuesday's game 10-9 overall but having won four of their last six games. After a slow start in which they lost five of their first eight games, the Indians, behind their outstanding starting pitching, have started to put it together. Since April 8, the Indians are 9-3, having won their last three in a row, despite ranking 14th in the American League in batting average, on-base percentage and on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

The Indians are second in the majors with a team ERA of 2.57.

"I think our starters take a lot of pride in being a part of our team that is so important and so vital," said manager Terry Francona.

Four of Cleveland's five starters have ERAs below 2.70: Mike Clevinger (1.75), Corey Kluber (1.96), Carlos Carrasco (2.31) and Trevor Bauer (2.67).

The one starter whose ERA is way above the ERAs of the rest of the rotation is the starter who will start Tuesday's game: Josh Tomlin (0-2, 8.00).

Tomlin's last appearance was actually in relief. He pitched the 16th inning and was the losing pitcher in the Indians' 2-1 loss to Minnesota in Puerto Rico on April 18. Tomlin's last start came on April 10, a 2-1 Indians win over Detroit in which Tomlin did not get a decision. In that game, he pitched five scoreless innings on four hits, with three strikeouts and two walks.

Tuesday will be Tomlin's first regular-season appearance against the Cubs. He did start two games against them in the 2016 World Series and was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. In 20 career starts in interleague play, Tomlin is 11-5 with a 4.39 ERA.

The Cubs' starter Tuesday night will be Tyler Chatwood (0-3, 4.60). Chatwood's last start was a 5-3 loss to St. Louis on April 17 in which he pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on one hit, with seven strikeouts and seven walks.

In three career appearances against Cleveland, Chatwood is 0-1 with 3.21 ERA.

Last year with Colorado he made one relief appearance against the Indians and pitched one hitless and scoreless inning.

In 12 career appearances in interleague games, Chatwood is 4-4 with a 3.77 ERA.

Updated April 23, 2018

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