Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Zach Davies (1-2) vs. Kyle Hendricks (7-6)
The Chicago Cubs welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to Wrigley Field on Wednesday. Zach Davies is the probable starter for the Brewers and he'll face Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Milwaukee at +207 and Chicago at -225. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Brewers have a 79-62 over/under record and a 69-81 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Cubs are 74-76 against the run line and have a 69-72 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
The Brewers show up with a 63-87 record, including 29-43 on the road. Zach Davies has a 1-2 record on the season, an earned run average of 6.00 and a 1.48 WHIP. The Brewers are 2-2 over his 21 innings pitched and he's also given up 19 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Brewers are 3-1 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 5.8 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.58 and they've given up 435 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 496 and walked 167 batters this season while opposing teams hit .236 against them. Milwaukee has a team average of 9.03 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.86 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.35, they are 25th in the league.
Milwaukee ranks 12th in the league in team batting average at .255 while hitting .256 on the road. Ranked at 23rd in the league in on-base percentage, the Brewers sit at .311 and they hold a .401 team slugging percentage. With 146 hits, Gerardo Parra leads the team while his team ranks 13th in hits per game with 8.66.
Chicago is 46-29 at home while holding a 88-62 overall record on the season. Kyle Hendricks has a record of 7-6 while sporting an earned run average of 4.22 on the year with a 1.23 WHIP. The Cubs have a record of 17-12 over the 162 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 159 hits. Against the over/under, the Cubs are 16-13 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 4.3 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.49 and they have given up 430 hits on the season. The Cubs bullpen has struck out 475 batters and walked 170 this season while opposing teams have hit .234 against them. Chicago has a team average of 8.11 hits per game and are averaging 8.74 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.53, they are 6th in the league.
They rank 28th in the league in team batting average with a .245 average while hitting .241 at home. Ranked at 12th in the league in on-base percentage, the Cubs sit at .322 and they hold a .402 team slugging percentage. With 152 hits, Anthony Rizzo leads the team while his team ranks 27th in hits per game with 8.33.
The Brewers have committed 108 errors and have combined for 1,546 assists and 3,993 put outs leading to a .981 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Cubs have accumulated 104 errors while having 1,551 assists and 4,054 put outs leading to a .982 fielding percentage.
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Brewers are 79-62 against the over/under so far this season
The Milwaukee Brewers are 69-81 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 69-72 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 74-76 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/22/15 RF Ryan Braun Back is downgraded to out indefinitely
09/21/15 2B Elian Herrera Thigh out indefinitely
09/17/15 P Jimmy Nelson Head out for season
09/17/15 P Matt Garza Personal out for season
09/10/15 C Jonathan Lucroy Concussion out indefinitely
08/14/15 P Michael Blazek Hand Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (8/13)
08/25/15 P Jason Motte Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/24)
07/29/15 P Neil Ramirez Abdominal Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29)
04/06/15 P Jacob Turner Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Josh's Pick: Take the Cubs
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