Friday, July 3, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Tom Koehler (6-4) vs. Jason Hammel (5-3)
The Chicago Cubs welcome the Miami Marlins to Wrigley Field on Friday. The Marlins send Tom Koehler to the mound to face Jason Hammel of the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Miami at +157 and Chicago at -167. The over/under was set at 0. The Marlins have a 36-39 over/under record and a 37-42 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Cubs have a 29-41 over/under record and a 33-43 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 43% of the time.
The Marlins come into this game with a 33-46 record, and they are 13-24 away from home. Tom Koehler has an earned run average of 3.66 and is 6-4 so far on the season while having a 1.26 WHIP. The Marlins are 8-6 over his 86 innings pitched and he's also given up 78 hits over that time period. The Marlins are also 6-7 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.5 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.64 and they have given up 242 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 250 and walked 92 batters this season while opposing teams hit .251 against them. Miami has a team average of 8.75 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.04 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.98, they are 18th in the league.
As a team, Miami is batting .255, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .253 average away from home. The Marlins hold a .379 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305 which is good for 21st in baseball. With 114 hits, Dee Gordon leads the team while his team ranks 15th in hits per game with 8.63.
With a 41-35 overall record, Chicago will come into this game 20-15 at home. Jason Hammel is starting this game 5-3 for the season with an earned run average of 2.92 and a WHIP of 0.97. The Cubs have a record of 7-8 over the 95.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 76 hits. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.96 and they have given up 200 base hits on the year. The Cubs bullpen has struck out 228 batters and walked 94 this season while opposing teams have hit .221 against them. Chicago has a team average of 8.05 hits per game and are averaging 8.65 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.42, they are 6th in the league.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .236 average at Safeco Field. The Cubs hold a .383 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 14th in baseball. With 83 hits, Anthony Rizzo leads the team while his team ranks 21st in hits per game with 8.33.
Miami has a team fielding percentage of .989 after having committed 33 errors with 812 assists and 2,095 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Cubs have accumlated 55 errors while having 772 assists and 2,066 put outs leading to a .981 fielding percentage.
Miami Marlins Betting Trends
The Miami Marlins are 36-39 against the over/under so far this season
The Miami Marlins are 37-42 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 29-41 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 33-43 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/02/15 P Jose Fernandez Elbow expected to start Thursday vs. San Francisco Giants
07/01/15 RF Giancarlo Stanton Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/21)
06/16/15 3B Martin Prado Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/15)
06/04/15 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/22)
05/26/15 1B Michael Morse Finger Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/24)
04/14/15 3B Don Kelly Finger Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/13)
04/08/15 P Aaron Crow Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/29) out for season
07/02/15 3B Kris Bryant Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. New York Mets
06/29/15 P Tsuyoshi Wada Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/23)
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)
04/15/15 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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs
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