The Chicago Cubs have been taking advantage of interleague play of late, and they’ll try to finish a three-game sweep of the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. The Cubs have won nine of their last 10 interleague games and are 10-7 against American League foes this season.
Chicago won 4-3 on Saturday behind a quality start from left-hander Jose Quintana, and they’ll send right-hander Kyle Hendricks to the mound in search of the sweep. Ian Happ went deep for the third time in three games for the Cubs, who have belted 15 homers in their last seven contests and lead St. Louis by two games in the National League Central. The Blue Jays have dropped 12 of their last 17 road games. Toronto won seven of 10 on its homestand prior to the series but is in danger of dropping three straight for the first time since July 21-23.
TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, SNET (Toronto), TVA Sports (Toronto), WGN (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Marco Estrada (5-8, 5.09 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.45)
Estrada had a string of three straight quality starts before he was roughed up for six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The 34-year-old has just one win in his last 14 starts. Estrada is 6-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 17 games (nine starts) against the Cubs, and he will make his first start at Wrigley Field since 2014.
Hendricks is winless in his last seven starts, with his last victory coming May 24. The 27-year-old is 0-1 in five starts since returning from the disabled list despite posting a 2.00 ERA over that stretch, as the Cubs have scored two or fewer runs in each of those five contests. Hendricks lost his only previous start against the Blue Jays, allowing four runs over 5 2/3 innings in 2014.
1. Chicago closer Wade Davis has converted all 26 save opportunities this season, tying Ryan Dempster for the longest streak in franchise history.
2. The Blue Jays acquired RHP Tom Koehler from Miami on Saturday, sending RHP Osman Gutierrez to the Marlins.
3. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo is 2-for-24 with five strikeouts against Estrada.
PREDICTION: Cubs 5, Blue Jays 3