MLB PREVIEWS |

Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs Preview and Predictions 09-16-2020

Smart Sports Betting Made easy.
Sharp Picks Powered By Artificial Intelligence
10 Day Free Trial

The Chicago Cubs will go for their fourth win in a row when they host the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

The Cubs (29-20) are coming off a 6-5 win in the series opener, when Cameron Maybin was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the ninth to force in the decisive run. Chicago improved to 3-0 this season against Cleveland as it looks for another two-game sweep.

Meanwhile, Cleveland (26-22) is hoping to snap a seven-game losing streak, its worst stretch of the season.

Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti remains confident that his team can make a deep playoff run, even if it happens to qualify as a seventh or eighth seed in the newly expanded postseason.

"We've seen in the past where teams that have been really hot the last week get into the postseason and are not so hot in that first round," Antonetti recently said to reporters. "But we've also seen teams like ours in 2016, where we fought hard to get in. We kind of had a good year but had some ups and downs, but we got to the postseason and things continued to click for us and we got hot and ran that all the way to Game 7 of the World Series. I think it's possible.

"I think our focus right now, though, is: How do we right the ship? How do we get back to playing winning baseball and win as many games as possible to give ourselves the best position in the postseason?"

Chicago also is focused on a run toward the World Series for the first time since 2016, when it topped the Indians in a seven-game series.

On Wednesday, the Cubs will turn to veteran left-hander Jon Lester (2-2, 5.05 ERA) for his 10th start of the season. The 36-year-old veteran has 192 career victories, 76 of which have come with Chicago.

Lester endured a tough start to the season but is coming off one of his best performances. He pitched six scoreless innings Friday while striking out eight against the Milwaukee Brewers.

A mechanical adjustment was the key to Lester's improved start. He has 12 walks and 37 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings on the season.

"I just needed to figure out what was going on," Lester said to reporters. "I don't want to say we reinvented the wheel or we found some magical cure or anything, but the adjustments that we did make in my bullpen, the stuff just translated better."

Lester is 8-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 18 career starts against Cleveland.

The Indians will counter with Aaron Civale (3-5, 3.88), who also is slated to make his 10th start.

The 25-year-old right-hander is looking to snap a four-game winless streak. In his most recent start, last Thursday, he allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings during an 11-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Civale struck out seven and walked one.

This will be Civale's first career start against the Cubs.

--Field Level Media

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Invalid argument supplied for foreach()

Filename: previews/preview_box_prediction.php

Line Number: 22

Need Help Beating Your Sportsbook? Get $60 in Free Premium Member Only picks from Doc's Sports Service, one of the most trusted names in handicapping since 1971! No salesmen and no obligations!
Need more winners Against the Spread? Click Here. Click Here.

News Breaking News

News Recaps

Key Players to Watch

Stadium

Wrigley Field
Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Capacity: 42,157

Buy Tickets

Spring Training: Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs

BUY from USD 60.00

Average: USD 101.00 Highest: USD 132.00 BUY from USD 60.00

Spring Training: Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs

BUY from USD 55.00

Average: USD 95.00 Highest: USD 126.00 BUY from USD 55.00

Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs

BUY from USD 121.00

Average: USD 204.00 Highest: USD 483.00 BUY from USD 121.00

Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs

BUY from USD 121.00

Average: USD 204.00 Highest: USD 483.00 BUY from USD 121.00

Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs

BUY from USD 0.00

Average: USD 0.00 Highest: USD 0.00 BUY from USD 0.00

Last Injuries

Chicago Cubs

  • Jason Heyward

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Heyward is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the White Sox as he will be given the day off.

  • Anthony Rizzo

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Rizzo is not expected to be in Sunday's starting lineup versus the White Sox as he will be rested.

  • Javier Baez

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Baez is not expected to start Sunday's season finale against the White Sox due to a routine rest day.

  • Willson Contreras

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Contreras will receive a breather and is expected to be rested for Sunday's matchup versus the White Sox.

  • Kris Bryant

    Oblique
    Prob Sat | probable

    Bryant has sat out the previous four games due to lower right oblique stiffness, but he is expected to suit up against the White Sox on Saturday.

  • David Bote

    Undisclosed
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Bote is not expected to play against the White Sox on Saturday due to a unspecified reason.

  • Ian Happ

    Ankle
    Prob Fri | probable

    Happ was held out the last game with an ankle injury, but he will be available for Friday's matchup with the White Sox.

  • Rowan Wick

    Oblique
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Wick has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, and there is currently no timetable for return.

Cleveland Indians

  • Mike Clevinger

    Elbow
    Mid Oct | out

    Clevinger will be out until at least the National League Championship Series due to tightness in his right biceps and a right posterior elbow impingement.

  • Christian Arroyo

    Back
    Prob Wed | probable

    Arroyo has been held out of the previous two games due to back spasms, but it is likely that he will participate in Wednesday's matchup with the Orioles.

  • Josh Naylor

    Leg
    Prob Tues | probable

    Naylor exited the last game with a leg injury, but he is expected to play Tuesday versus the White Sox.

  • Carlos Carrasco

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Carrasco is dealing with calf tightness, and it is unclear if he will make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Tigers.

  • Roberto Perez

    Shoulder
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Perez missed the last game due to a right shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will be available against the Tigers on Thursday.

  • Cesar Hernandez

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Hernandez has been placed on the paternity list and is allowed to miss up to three days.

chicago-cubs Stats 2020

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB

cleveland-indians Stats 2020

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB