Baltimore Orioles at Chicago Cubs 8/24/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/23/2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Wrigley Field in Chicago
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Baltimore Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (6-6) will attempt to go over .500 for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon when he goes up against rookie Tsuyoshi Wada (3-1) and the Chicago Cubs.
Miguel Gonzalez was able to pick up his sixth win of the season back on August 7 when he beat the Toronto Blue Jays on the road. He allowed one run in six innings of work that day while walking two batters and striking out four. Gonzalez currently has a 3.80 ERA on the year, but he has given up 9.4 hits per nine innings, which is the worst rate of his career.
Gonzalez will be getting his first chance to face the Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Left-handed batters are hitting .271 against him this season, while right-handed batters have a .268 batting average against him.
Tsuyoshi Wada was able to pick up his second win in a row last week when he defeated the San Francisco Giants at home. He pitched five shutout innings in that outing and gave up just six hits while walking no one and striking out three. Through seven starts, Wada has a 2.75 ERA and he has struck out 33 batters in 39.1 innings.
The Cubs will be getting their first chance to face Wada on Tuesday. So far this year, Wada has held left-handed batters to just a .174 batting average and a .381 OPS.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 54-68-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Baltimore Orioles is 0.5
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 62-57-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
08/12/14 3B Manny Machado Knee 15-day DL (8/12)
06/17/14 C Matt Wieters Elbow 60-day DL (5/11), out for season
06/03/14 P Johan Santana Shoulder 60-day DL (6/2), out for season
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
08/20/14 SS Starlin Castro Personal out indefinitely
08/10/14 P Brian Schlitter Shoulder 15-day DL (8/9)
07/31/14 P Felix Doubront Calf 15-day DL (7/31)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
Tony's Pick: Take Baltimore
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