Chicago Cubs @ Atlanta Braves
Friday, 5/9 7:35 PM
Jason Hammel, RHP (4-1, 2.43 ERA/3.79 FIP/3.54 xFIP)vs Julio Teheran, RHP (2-2, 1.80 ERA/3.94 FIP/3.88 xFIP)
In his last start, Hammel posted his sixth quality start, but did not get a win. He admitted to having a tough time with his command in the outing against the Cardinals, and gave up seven hits over six innings.
Teheran notched his MLB-best seventh quality start in seven outings in his most recent turn, taking a hard-luck loss against the Giants. He fanned seven and surrendered a season-high three earned in seven innings.
Saturday, 5/10 7:10 PM
Jeff Samardzija, RHP (0-3, 1.62 ERA/3.06 FIP/3.51 xFIP)vs Ervin Santana, RHP (3-0, 2.41 ERA/2.45 FIP/2.62 xFIP)
Samardzija is winless in his last 13 starts. In his last outing, he went nine innings vs. the White Sox, struck out seven, got a hit and scored a run. Said manager Rick Renteria: "What a great outing -- gritty, gutsy, everything you could ask for."
Santana returns to the mound after the Braves skipped his most recent start to give his bruised right thumb more time to heal. He recorded a quality start in his most recent turn, but walked a season-high three batters.
Sunday, 5/11 1:35 PM
Edwin Jackson, RHP (2-2, 4.57 ERA/3.17 FIP/3.97 xFIP)vs Alex Wood, LHP (2-5, 3.00 ERA/3.26 FIP/2.97 xFIP)
Jackson struck out nine over seven innings and did not walk a batter vs. the White Sox. He said he was inspired by Jeff Samardzija's nine-inning effort the night before. Jackson's nine K's were the most since he fanned nine Giants on April 14, 2013.
Wood's pitch count ran high on May 4 as he allowed a batter to reach base in four of his five frames. He suffered his fifth loss despite giving up two earned runs or fewer for the sixth time in seven starts.