Friday, August 14, 2015
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks (6-5) vs. Jeff Samardzija (8-7)
The Chicago White Sox welcome the Chicago Cubs to U.S. Cellular Field on Friday. Kyle Hendricks is the probable starter for the Cubs and he'll face Jeff Samardzija of the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at -105 and Chicago at -105. The over/under was set at 8. The Cubs have a 46-59 over/under record and a 53-60 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The White Sox have a 50-58 over/under record and a 54-58 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 48% of the time.
The Cubs come into this game with a 65-48 record, and they are 31-24 away from home. Starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks holds a 6-5 record with an earned run average of 3.73 and a WHIP of 1.16. In his starts, the Cubs are 12-10 over his 128 innings pitched this season while giving up 121 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Cubs are 11-11 in his starts. He is getting 3.8 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 315 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.34. Teams are hitting .232 against the bullpen while being struck out 343 times and walking 130 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.55 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.39.
As a team, Chicago is batting .239, good for 29th in the league while putting together a .248 average away from home. The Cubs on-base percentage sits at .317, which puts them at 14th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .375. They rank 29th in baseball with 8.07 hits per game and Anthony Rizzo leads the team with 119.
With a 54-58 overall record, Chicago will come into this game 29-26 at home. With an earned run average of 4.62, Jeff Samardzija will come into this game holding a 8-7 record and a 1.22 WHIP. In his starts, the White Sox are 11-12 and he has allowed 162 hits over 157.2 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the White Sox are 13-9 when he starts. He is getting 4.2 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 300 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.52. Teams are hitting .254 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 286 times and walking 124 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 9.05 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.35 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.01.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .243 average at home. The White Sox on-base percentage sits at .303, which puts them at 25th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .380. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.51 hits per game and Melky Cabrera leads the team with 123.
In terms of team defense, the Cubs have a fielding percentage of .983 with 73 total errors, 1,150 assists and 3,044 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .984 team fielding percentage while committing 68 errors, accumulating 1132 assists and compiling 3,015 put outs.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 46-59 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 53-60 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 50-58 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 54-58 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/29/15 P Neil Ramirez Abdominal Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29)
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)
Chicago White Sox
08/02/15 RF J.B. Shuck Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/1)
07/29/15 2B Emilio Bonifacio Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/28)
07/08/15 P Javy Guerra Suspension expected to miss 50 games
04/06/15 SS Justin Sellers Heel Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox
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