Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Daniel Norris (2-2) vs. Jon Lester (8-8)
The Detroit Tigers visit Wrigley Field on Wednesday to play the Chicago Cubs. Daniel Norris is the probable starter for the Tigers and he'll face Jon Lester of the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +194 and Chicago at -210. The Tigers have a 63-49 over/under record and a 55-62 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. 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.
The Tigers show up with a 56-61 record, including 28-31 on the road. Daniel Norris has a 2-2 record on the season, an earned run average of 4.24 and a 1.44 WHIP. The Tigers are 4-4 over his 40.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 42 hits over that time period. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 2-5. His teammates are averaging 4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.21 and they have given up 364 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 287 and walked 131 batters this season while opposing teams hit .268 against them. Detroit has a team average of 9.37 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.98 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.47, they are 27th in the league.
Detroit ranks 1st in the league in team batting average at .271 while hitting .259 on the road. The Tigers hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 3rd in baseball. With 138 hits, Ian Kinsler leads the team while his team ranks 1st in hits per game with 9.42.
Chicago is 34-24 at home while holding a 67-49 overall record on the season. Jon Lester has a record of 8-8 while sporting an earned run average of 3.21 on the year with a 1.18 WHIP. The Cubs have a record of 13-10 over the 145.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 136 hits. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 7-14. His teammates score an average of 3.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.24 and they have given up 319 base hits on the year. The Cubs bullpen has struck out 359 batters and walked 136 this season while opposing teams have hit .228 against them. Chicago has a team average of 8.02 hits per game and are averaging 8.63 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.38, they are 4th in the league.
They rank 29th in the league in team batting average with a .240 average while hitting .231 at home. The Cubs hold a .381 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 14th in baseball. With 123 hits, Anthony Rizzo leads the team while his team ranks 28th in hits per game with 8.11.
Detroit has a team fielding percentage of .987 after having committed 56 errors with 1,153 assists and 3,151 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Cubs have accumlated 77 errors while having 1195 assists and 3,149 put outs leading to a .983 fielding percentage.
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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