The Chicago Cubs may be struggling in 2013, but they’ll have reason to celebrate on Monday when the Colorado Rockies come to Wrigley Field. Cubs pitcher Travis Wood is the secret weapon in this contest. He’s been a rare bright spot for Chicago’s National League team, posting a 3-2 record and a 2.33 ERA through seven starts. He’s also been solid at Wrigley, where he has a 2.57 ERA in four appearances. But what is most notable about Wood is how he’s done against three of the Rockies' key hitters over the past four years. In that time, Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler have mustered a combined one hit in fourteen at bats against Wood. Overall, Colorado hitters have a combined .095 batting average against Wood in 25 plate appearances.
Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio will be making his debut at Wrigley Field. With the ballpark currently playing as the most offensive friendly in the Majors, it’ll be a tough transition for the young right-hander. Go with the more experienced Wood to carry the Cubs, on at 1.78, to a win.
Chicago’s American League team, the White Sox, will also have a good day when they face the Minnesota Twins on the road. Both teams will send left-handers to the mound. The White Sox’s Hector Santiago has been primarily a relief pitcher in his career, but when Chicago has given him an opportunity to start, he’s made the most of it: in six career starts, he’s 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA.
The Twins' Pedro Hernandez will bring his 5.96 ERA in against the White Sox – the team for whom he made his Major League debut in 2012. While Hernandez has pitched well in three 2013 appearances at Target Field, the difference maker in this game will likely be the White Sox line-up. Overall they’ve been pretty horrible, but against left-handers they’ve been better. They’ve also performed well with the bat on the road. The White Sox are due a win and they’ll come to form in this one. Back them at 1.82.