Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez (10-10) vs. Jason Hammel (6-5)
The Detroit Tigers take on the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. The Tigers send Anibal Sanchez to the mound to face Jason Hammel of the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +160 and Chicago at -170. The Tigers, with a 55-62 run line record, cover the spread 47% of the time. They also have a 63-49 over/under record. The Cubs are 54-62 against the run line and have a 48-60 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
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The Tigers head into this matchup with a 56-61 record, including 28-31 on the road. Anibal Sanchez has an earned run average of 4.95 and is 10-10 so far on the season while having a 1.27 WHIP. The Tigers are 12-12 over his 154.2 innings pitched and he's also given up 149 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Tigers are 14-7 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 5.1 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 4.21 and they've given up 364 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .268 against the bullpen while being struck out 287 times and walking 131 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.37 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.98 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.47.
Detroit ranks 2nd in the league in team batting average at .271 while hitting .259 on the road. Ranked at 3rd in the league in on-base percentage, the Tigers sit at .328 and they hold a .423 team slugging percentage. They rank 1st in baseball with 9.42 hits per game and Ian Kinsler leads the team with 138.
With a 34-24 home record, Chicago will hope to improve on their 67-49 overall mark. Jason Hammel is starting this game 6-5 for the season with an earned run average of 3.10 and a WHIP of 1.04. The Cubs have a record of 11-11 over the 127.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 106 hits. Against the over/under, the Cubs are 9-13 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 3.8 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.24 and they have given up 319 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .228 against the Cubs bullpen while being struck out 359 times and walking 136 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.02 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.63 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.38.
They rank 29th in the league in team batting average with a .240 average while hitting .231 at home. Ranked at 14th in the league in on-base percentage, the Cubs sit at .317 and they hold a .381 team slugging percentage. They rank 28th in baseball with 8.11 hits per game and Anthony Rizzo leads the team with 123.
The Tigers have committed 56 errors and have combined for 1,153 assists and 3,151 put outs leading to a .987 team fielding percentage. For the home team, they hold a .983 team fielding percentage while committing 77 errors, accumulating 1195 assists and compiling 3,149 put outs.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 63-49 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 55-62 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 48-60 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 54-62 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/24/15 P Kyle Lobstein Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/23)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
08/17/15 P Dan Haren Ankle "?" next start
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers
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