Chicago Cubs at Toronto Blue Jays 9/9/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 9/8/2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Rogers Centre in Toronto
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Tuesday night, the Chicago Cubs will send Jake Arrieta (8 – 5, 2.81 ERA) to the mound to take on the Toronto Blue Jays and Mark Buehrle (11 – 9, 3.34 ERA). Arrieta makes his 23rd start as Buehrle makes his 29th.
Jake Arrieta got the win his last time out after holding the opposition to a run on 5 hits through 6 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 4. Arrieta has gone from good to bad to terrible in recent weeks and is 3 – 4 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Arrieta made 14 starts for the Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles en route to a 5 – 4 record and a 4.78 ERA.
Last season, Arrieta didn’t face the Blue Jays but he has seen the lineup before. Toronto is batting just .149 against Arrieta with 10 hits, 3 homers and 8 RBIs in 67 at-bats.
Mark Buehrle was brilliant his last time out but it wasn’t enough to get him the victory. Buehrle threw 8 innings of shutout ball and surrendered just 5 hits and a walk as he struck out 4. Buehrle hasn’t been able to muster performances like that in recent weeks and it was a shame that he wasn’t rewarded for it. He is just 1 - 3 in his last 10 outings. In 2013, Buehrle went 12 -10 with a 4.15 ERA in 33 starts.
Buehrle didn’t face the Cubs in the 2013 season and has only faced 6 of the Cubs before. Those 6 Cubs are batting .200 against Buehrle with 7 hits, a home run and 4 RBIs in 35 at-bats.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 70-66-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.4
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 68-70-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
09/05/14 P Tsuyoshi Wada Calf questionable
09/03/14 SS Starlin Castro Ankle out for season
09/01/14 1B Anthony Rizzo Back out indefinitely
08/30/14 CF Justin Ruggiano Ankle 60-day DL (8/23), out for season
08/28/14 RF Ryan Sweeney Hamstring 60-day DL (8/26)
08/21/14 P Edwin Jackson Shoulder 15-day DL (8/21)
08/10/14 P Brian Schlitter Shoulder 15-day DL (8/9)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
Toronto Blue Jays
09/05/14 LF Melky Cabrera Finger out for season
09/04/14 P Chad Jenkins Hand 15-day DL (9/5); out for season
09/03/14 3B Brett Lawrie Back 60-day DL (8/6), out for season
07/09/14 RF Cole Gillespie Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago
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