Cubs (40-48) Take on Angels (43-46) at Wrigley Field

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July 10, 2013 by Ryan S

Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 3.54 ERA) takes on CJ Wilson (8-6, 3.49 ERA) as the Cubs take on the Angels tonight at Wrigley Field with a chance to sweep the season series and win their fourth out of their last five series.

The Cubs slugged out five home runs last night and beat the Angels 7-2 behind yet another Travis Wood quality start.

Players to watch

  • Alfonso Soriano.  Batting .400 with eight homers in has past 11 games, the Cubs outfielder has seen his trade value skyrocket with a midseason surge similar to last season.  The Cubs are 7-4 during his hot streak.
  • Starlin Castro.  Castro, who is batting .234 with a .609 OPS in 2013 has batted .263 with a .721 OPS in his past 13 games. During that stretch, he has two of his five homers on the season and has gotten at least one hit in 11 of those contests.
  • Jeff Samardzija.  Shark is coming off one of his worst starts of the season, where he allowed five earned runs on nine hits and five walks in six innings while striking out just three against the Pirates.  He’s allowed five earned runs in a start two other times this season, and followed up both of those rough starts with starts in which he pitched eight or more innings with just two earned runs in both.  So that’s good.

The Cubs have now won four in a row, and are just eight games under.  After their game tonight, they take on the division leading Cardinals in a four game set at home to send the good guys into the All-Star break.  As always, go Cubs!

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