Sunday, August 30, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Jake Arrieta (16-6) vs. Alex Wood (9-8)
The Chicago Cubs head to Dodger Stadium on Sunday to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The probable starters are Jake Arrieta for the Cubs and Alex Wood for the Dodgers. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at -115 and Los Angeles at +105. The over/under was set at 7. The Cubs have a 55-64 over/under record and a 59-68 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Dodgers are 56-71 against the run line and have a 61-61 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
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The Cubs come into this game with a 73-54 record, and they are 34-28 away from home. Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta holds a 16-6 record with an earned run average of 2.22 and a WHIP of 0.98. In his starts, the Cubs are 18-8 over his 174 innings pitched this season while giving up 128 hits during those innings. The Cubs are also 8-13 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.3 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 367 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.54. Teams are hitting .237 against the bullpen while being struck out 391 times and walking 145 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.22 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.66 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.57.
Chicago is batting .240 as a team, which is good for 30th in the league and hitting .244 away from home. The Cubs on-base percentage sits at .317, which puts them at 15th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .391. They rank 29th in baseball with 8.09 hits per game and Anthony Rizzo leads the team with 131.
With a 71-56 overall record, Los Angeles will come into this game 43-20 at home. With an earned run average of 3.70, Alex Wood will come into this game holding a 9-8 record and a 1.41 WHIP. In his starts, the Dodgers are 10-15 and he has allowed 159 hits over 148.1 innings pitched this season. The Dodgers are also 11-10 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 3.9 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 331 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 4.12. Teams are hitting .245 against the Dodgers bullpen while being struck out 392 times and walking 120 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 8.52 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.35 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.84.
They are batting .243 as a team, which is good for 26th in the league and hitting .244 at home. The Dodgers on-base percentage sits at .305, which puts them at 25th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .387. They rank 28th in baseball with 8.12 hits per game and Adrian Gonzalez leads the team with 130.
In terms of team defense, the Cubs have a fielding percentage of .982 with 85 total errors, 1,302 assists and 3,437 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .988 team fielding percentage while committing 55 errors, accumulating 1,333 assists and compiling 3,369 put outs.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 55-64 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 59-68 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 61-61 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 56-71 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/29/15 C David Ross Personal is downgraded to expected to miss Saturday vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
08/25/15 P Jason Motte Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/24)
08/25/15 RF Jorge Soler Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/24)
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)
Los Angeles Dodgers
08/28/15 RF Yasiel Puig Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/27)
08/27/15 2B Howie Kendrick Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/10)
08/13/15 P Joel Peralta Neck Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/10)
08/11/15 P Carlos Frias Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/2)
04/28/15 P Brandon McCarthy Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/26), out for season
04/06/15 P Bronson Arroyo Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6), out for season
04/06/15 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs
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