Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Eddie Butler (3-6) vs. Jon Lester (5-8)
The Chicago Cubs welcome the Colorado Rockies to Wrigley Field on Wednesday. Eddie Butler is the probable starter for the Rockies and he'll face Jon Lester of the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Colorado at +225 and Chicago at -245. The Rockies, with a 49-48 run line record, cover the spread 51% of the time. They also have a 50-43 over/under record. The Cubs are 43-55 against the run line and have a 39-52 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
The Rockies show up with a 42-55 record, including 18-28 on the road. Eddie Butler has a 3-6 record on the season, an earned run average of 4.77 and a 1.79 WHIP. The Rockies are 6-6 over his 60.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 75 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Rockies are 4-6 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 3.4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.55 and they have given up 345 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .267 against the Rockies bullpen while walking 118 times and striking out 280 times. Colorado is averaging 6.9 strikeouts per game while getting 9.86 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 30th in baseball in team earned run average at 4.94.
Colorado ranks 3rd in the league in team batting average at .273 while hitting .240 on the road. The Rockies hold a .442 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 5th in baseball. DJ LeMahieu leads the team in hits with 109 while the team ranks 3rd in baseball with 9.37 hits per game.
Chicago is 26-23 at home while holding a 52-46 overall record on the season. Jon Lester has a record of 5-8 while sporting an earned run average of 3.32 on the year with a 1.20 WHIP. The Cubs have a record of 10-10 over the 124.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 118 hits. Against the over/under, the Cubs are 5-13 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 2.7 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.45 and they have given up 279 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .236 against the Cubs bullpen while walking 123 times and striking out 290 times. Chicago is averaging 8.55 strikeouts per game while getting 8.13 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.47.
They rank 28th in the league in team batting average with a .237 average while hitting .226 at home. The Cubs hold a .370 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 18th in baseball. Anthony Rizzo leads the team in hits with 99 while the team ranks 27th in baseball with 8.06 hits a game.
Colorado has a team fielding percentage of .984 after having committed 60 errors with 1084 assists and 2,550 put outs for the season. The Cubs have committed 68 errors on the season with 1011 assists and 2,666 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .982 on the year.
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Colorado Rockies are 50-43 against the over/under so far this season
The Colorado Rockies are 49-48 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 39-52 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 43-55 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/21/15 P Chad Bettis Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/19)
07/10/15 P David Hale Groin Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/9)
07/01/15 P Christian Bergman Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/30)
07/01/15 P John Axford Personal out indefinitely
06/18/15 P Brooks Brown Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/17)
06/01/15 P Jordan Lyles Toe Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/1); out for season
05/30/15 1B Justin Morneau Concussion Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/29)
04/28/15 P Adam Ottavino Tricep Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/26)
04/04/15 P Tyler Chatwood Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/1)
07/17/15 C Miguel Montero Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/12)
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rockies
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