#Cubs and Hammel face Nats in finale
Jason Hammel will close the Cubs’ series against the Nationals on Wednesday. Here’s the lineup:
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Hammel is 9-0 with a 3.16 ERA (28 ER/78 2/3 IP) in 12 career starts against the Nationals. He’s the only active pitcher in baseball with at least nine wins against a team without a loss.
Since 1913, only 12 pitchers can boast a 9-0 or better record against a single opponent. In recent years, the list includes Randy Johnson (13-0 in 15 G/14 GS vs. the Cubs), Kevin Tapani (9-0 in 14 starts vs. the Twins), Bill Gullickson (10-0 in 12 starts vs. the Mariners) and Randy Tomlin (9-0 in 14 G/13 GS vs. the Mets).
The Nationals will counter with Stephen Strasburg, who is 0-1 with a 2.18 ERA (5 ER/20 2/3 IP) in three career starts vs. the Cubs.
The Cubs rotation currently features three of the top four Major League leaders in WHIP: John Lackey (second at 0.93), Jon Lester (third at 0.95) and Jake Arrieta (fourth at 0.95).
*Looking ahead to the Cubs’ series vs. the Pirates at Wrigley Field, here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (10-1, 1.86) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (4-6, 4.92)
Saturday: LHP Jon Lester (8-3, 1.89) vs. LHP Jonathan Niese (6-3, 4.60)
Sunday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-6, 3.05) vs. RHP Jameson Taillon (1-0, 1.93)