Friday, July 17, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks (4-4) vs. Julio Teheran (6-4)
The Chicago Cubs head to Turner Field on Friday to take on the Atlanta Braves. The probable starters are Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs and Julio Teheran for the Braves. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at -126 and Atlanta at +116. The over/under was set at 7. The Cubs have a 34-46 over/under record and a 39-48 run line mark, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Braves have a 47-38 over/under record and a 50-39 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 56% of the time.
The Cubs come into this game with a 47-40 record, and they are 22-20 away from home. Kyle Hendricks has a 4-4 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.55 and a 1.12 WHIP. In his starts, the Cubs are 9-8 over his 99 innings pitched this season while giving up 94 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Cubs are 8-9 in his starts. The team is averaging 3.5 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 224 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 3.13. Opposing teams are hitting .222 against the Cubs bullpen while walking 106 times and striking out 257 times. Chicago is averaging 8.62 strikeouts per game while getting 7.87 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 5th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.31.
Chicago is batting .239 as a team, which is good for 27th in the league and hitting .249 away from home. The Cubs on-base percentage sits at .315, which puts them at 16th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .374. Anthony Rizzo leads the team in hits with 93 while the team ranks 26th in baseball with 8.09 hits per game.
With a 42-47 overall record, Atlanta will come into this game 23-17 at home. Julio Teheran has a record of 6-4 while sporting an earned run average of 4.56 on the year with a 1.36 WHIP. In his starts, the Braves are 10-8 and he has allowed 109 hits over 108.2 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Braves are 14-4 when he starts. The team is averaging 4.9 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 264 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 4.40. Opposing teams are hitting .259 against the Braves bullpen while walking 110 times and striking out 241 times. Atlanta is averaging 7.44 strikeouts per game while getting 9.09 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.04.
They are batting .256 as a team, which is good for 9th in the league and hitting .253 at home. The Braves on-base percentage sits at .318, which puts them at 13th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .368. Nick Markakis leads the team in hits with 98 while the team ranks 12th in baseball with 8.65 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Cubs have a fielding percentage of .982 with 60 total errors, 890 assists and 2,363 put outs. The Braves have committed 48 errors on the season with 899 assists and 2,359 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 34-46 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 39-48 against the run line so far this season
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 47-38 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 50-39 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/12/15 C Miguel Montero Thumb "?" Friday vs. Atlanta Braves
07/10/15 P Jason Hammel Hamstring left last game, probable next start
06/29/15 P Tsuyoshi Wada Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/23)
04/15/15 2B Tommy La Stella Ribs Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/9)
04/06/15 P Jacob Turner Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
07/11/15 P Jason Grilli Achilles out for season
06/27/15 P Williams Perez Foot Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/27)
06/23/15 1B Freddie Freeman Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/18)
06/04/15 P Daniel Winkler Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/5)
05/19/15 2B Philip Gosselin Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/18)
04/07/15 P Josh Outman Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
04/06/15 P Bronson Arroyo Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
04/04/15 P Mike Minor Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27); out for season
04/04/15 P Shae Simmons Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (2/20), out for season
04/04/15 P Chris Withrow Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (2/21)
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs
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