Sunday, June 14, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Anthony DeSclafani (5-4) vs. Jon Lester (4-5)
The Cincinnati Reds head to Wrigley Field on Sunday to take on the Chicago Cubs. The Reds send Anthony DeSclafani to the mound to face Jon Lester of the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Cincinnati at +162 and Chicago at -172. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Reds have a 32-24 over/under record and a 29-31 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Cubs have a 26-28 over/under record and a 25-34 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 42% of the time.
The Reds come into this game with a 28-32 record, and they are 11-19 away from home. Anthony DeSclafani has an earned run average of 3.53 and is 5-4 so far on the season while having a 1.30 WHIP. He's pitched 71.1 innings thus far while surrendering 65 hits over that time and when he starts, the Reds are 7-5. The Reds are also 4-6 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.5 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 150 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 4.36. The bullpen has struck out 161 and walked 80 batters this season while opposing teams hit .233 against them. Cincinnati has a team average of 8.45 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.35 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.17, they are 23rd in the league.
Cincinnati ranks 21st in the league in team batting average at .245 while hitting .239 on the road. The Reds on-base percentage sits at .315, which puts them at 17th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .406. With 67 hits, Todd Frazier leads the team while his team ranks 22nd in hits per game with 8.25.
With a 32-27 overall record, Chicago will come into this game 16-12 at home. Jon Lester is starting this game 4-5 for the season with an earned run average of 4.25 and a WHIP of 1.43. He's pitched 72 innings thus far while surrendering 83 hits over that time in which the Cubs are 6-6. The Cubs are also 5-6 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 156 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.37. The Cubs bullpen has struck out 172 batters and walked 68 this season while opposing teams have hit .227 against them. Chicago has a team average of 8.4 hits per game and are averaging 8.77 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.66, they are 8th in the league.
They rank 23rd in the league in team batting average with a .243 average while hitting .239 at home. The Cubs on-base percentage sits at .320, which puts them at 9th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .389. With 69 hits, Anthony Rizzo leads the team while his team ranks 20th in hits per game with 8.34.
In terms of team defense, the Reds have a fielding percentage of .988 with 28 total errors, 614 assists and 1,598 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Cubs have accumlated 48 errors while having 599 assists and 1,601 put outs leading to a .979 fielding percentage.
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Reds are 32-24 against the over/under so far this season
The Cincinnati Reds are 29-31 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 26-28 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 25-34 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/12/15 2B Brandon Phillips Groin "?" Saturday vs. Chicago Cubs
06/11/15 SS Zack Cozart Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/11); out for season
06/05/15 P Rasiel Iglesias Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/05)
06/03/15 RF Marlon Byrd Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/3)
05/25/15 C Devin Mesoraco Hip Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/23)
04/28/15 P Homer Bailey Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/26); out for season
04/04/15 CF Jason Bourgeois Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/5)
04/04/15 P Sean Marshall Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/5)
06/03/15 RF Jorge Soler Ankle Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/2)
04/17/15 3B Mike Olt Wrist Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/15)
04/17/15 P Neil Ramirez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/16)
04/15/15 2B Tommy La Stella Ribs Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/9)
04/06/15 P Jacob Turner Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Josh's Pick: Take the Cubs
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