Monday, September 7, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Dan Haren (8-9) vs. Lance Lynn (11-8)
The Chicago Cubs visit Busch Stadium on Monday to play the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs send Dan Haren to the mound to face Lance Lynn of the Cardinals. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +128 and St. Louis at -138. The over/under was set at 8. The Cubs, with a 62-72 run line record, cover the spread 46% of the time. They also have a 58-68 over/under record. The Cardinals are 71-64 against the run line and have a 52-74 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Cubs show up with a 77-57 record, including 35-29 on the road. Starting pitcher Dan Haren holds a 8-9 record with an earned run average of 3.89 and a WHIP of 1.15. He's pitched 159.2 innings thus far while surrendering 151 hits over that time and when he starts, the Cubs are 13-14. The Cubs are also 15-11 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.1 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 391 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.55. Teams are hitting .239 against the bullpen while being struck out 406 times and walking 153 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.23 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.63 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.57.
Chicago ranks 30th in the league in team batting average at .241 while hitting .245 on the road. The Cubs on-base percentage sits at .319, which puts them at 15th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .395. They rank 30th in baseball with 8.12 hits per game and Anthony Rizzo leads the team with 138.
St. Louis is 49-21 at home while holding a 87-48 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 2.80, Lance Lynn will come into this game holding a 11-8 record and a 1.33 WHIP. He's pitched 147.2 innings thus far while surrendering 143 hits over that time in which the Cardinals are 15-10. The Cardinals are also 6-18 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 3.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 359 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.44. Teams are hitting .237 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 369 times and walking 146 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.25 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.07 batters per nine. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.71.
They rank 11th in the league in team batting average with a .256 average while hitting .263 at home. The Cardinals on-base percentage sits at .323, which puts them at 10th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .394. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.72 hits per game and Jhonny Peralta leads the team with 141.
In terms of team defense, the Cubs have a fielding percentage of .982 with 92 total errors, 1,373 assists and 3,623 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .985 team fielding percentage while committing 79 errors, accumulating 1,355 assists and compiling 3,689 put outs.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 58-68 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 62-72 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 52-74 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 71-64 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/04/15 C Kyle Schwarber Ribs out indefinitely
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)
St. Louis Cardinals
09/04/15 P Lance Lynn Ankle missed last start, probable to start in series vs. Chicago Cubs
08/18/15 LF Randal Grichuk Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/16)
07/30/15 LF Matt Holliday Quad Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29)
07/01/15 P Matt Belisle Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/26)
05/27/15 1B Matt Adams Quad Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (05/26)
05/03/15 P Jordan Walden Bicep Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/30)
04/28/15 P Adam Wainwright Achilles Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/25); out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs
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