Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Garza (6-12) vs. Jason Hammel (6-5)
The Milwaukee Brewers visit Wrigley Field on Wednesday to play the Chicago Cubs. The probable starters are Matt Garza for the Brewers and Jason Hammel for the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Milwaukee at +166 and Chicago at -176. The Brewers, with a 52-61 run line record, cover the spread 46% of the time. They also have a 53-53 over/under record. The Cubs have a 44-58 over/under record and a 51-59 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 46% of the time.
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The Brewers show up with a 48-65 record, including 24-29 on the road. Matt Garza has a 6-12 record on the season, an earned run average of 4.95 and a 1.48 WHIP. In his starts, the Brewers are 8-12 over his 123.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 139 hits during those innings. The Brewers are also 12-7 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 3.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 293 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.43. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen while being struck out 349 times and walking 116 times this season. As a team, Milwaukee has allowed 8.89 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.91 batters per nine. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.12.
As a team, Milwaukee is batting .250, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .254 average away from home. The Brewers on-base percentage sits at .306, which puts them at 23rd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .390. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.42 hits per game and Gerardo Parra leads the team with 114.
Chicago is 31-24 at home while holding a 62-48 overall record on the season. Jason Hammel has a record of 6-5 while sporting an earned run average of 3.17 on the year with a 1.05 WHIP. In his starts, the Cubs are 10-11 and he has allowed 102 hits over 122 innings pitched this season. The Cubs are also 9-12 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 3.9 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 309 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.44. Teams are hitting .234 against the Cubs bullpen while being struck out 328 times and walking 130 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.04 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.51 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.42.
As a team, they are batting .240, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .231 average at home. The Cubs on-base percentage sits at .317, which puts them at 15th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .376. They rank 28th in baseball with 8.12 hits per game and Anthony Rizzo leads the team with 117.
In terms of team defense, the Brewers have a fielding percentage of .981 with 82 total errors, 1,142 assists and 3,011 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .983 team fielding percentage while committing 72 errors, accumulating 1137 assists and compiling 2,987 put outs.
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Brewers are 53-53 against the over/under so far this season
The Milwaukee Brewers are 52-61 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 44-58 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 51-59 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/04/15 P Brandon Kintzler Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/26)
08/08/15 C David Ross Personal on bereavement list
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 Brewers
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