7:07 pm
August 30

Cubs @ Blue Jays

Who will WIN this matchup?

Chicago Cubs (55-74)

@ Toronto Blue Jays (69-58)


Starting Pitchers:

Stroman (CHC): 3-6; 4.10 ERA

Gausman (TOR) 9-9; 3.15 ERA


Current odds:

Chicago Cubs: (+178)

Toronto Blue Jays: (-213)


The starting line-up for the Cubs is as follows:

The starting line-up for the Blue Jays is as follows:

Chicago Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman will face his first major league team, the host Toronto Blue Jays, for the first time on Tuesday night. Stroman will be trying to pull the Cubs even in the three-game series after the Blue Jays won the opener 5-4 in 11 innings Monday night. In 135 games (129 starts) with the Blue Jays from 2014-19, Stroman went 47-45 with a 3.76 ERA. He was traded to the New York Mets on July 28, 2019, and was not happy about it at the time.

In six career games (five starts) against the Cubs, Gausman is 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA. Stroman was traded in the same season that Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio made their major league debuts for the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays have not been playing in peak form recently. They were outscored 22-3 in being swept in a three-game series against the visiting Los Angeles Angels before the Cubs arrived. Chicago led 4-0 after six innings on Monday. Danny Jansen hit a three-run homer in the seventh to cut the margin to one and delivered the game-winning single in the 11th.

The Cubs have started their nine-game road trip at 1-3. They did not help themselves on Monday, making five outs on the bases, including two by Franmil Reyes. They also left nine runners on base to waste a 14-hit game.

Prior to the game, Chicago placed right-hander Adrian Sampson and left-hander Justin Steele on the restricted list because the two did not meet Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Left-hander Brendon Little was added as a substitute.

Toronto acquired outfielder Bradley Zimmer off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. The Phillies had claimed Zimmer from Toronto on Aug. 18. Zimmer is batting .130/.216/.250 through 86 games this season for both clubs. He will join the Blue Jays on Thursday when teams can add two players.

StreakSmarter Pick
Toronto Blue Jays