Friday, August 5, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jon Lester vs. Dillon Overton
The Chicago Cubs head to O.co Coliseum on Friday to take on the Oakland Athletics. The probable pitchers are Jon Lester for the Cubs and Dillon Overton for the Athletics. The Cubs have a 50-51-6 over/under mark and a 55-52-0 run line record, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Athletics are 58-49-0 against the run line and have a 51-51-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The Cubs head into this game with a 66-41 record, and they are 29-24 on the road. Starting pitcher Jon Lester has a 11-4 record with an ERA of 2.95 and a WHIP of 1.11. He has 125 strikeouts during his 128.1 innings pitched and he has given up 104 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.89. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.53 and they have allowed 243 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the pen while they've been struck out 322 times and walked 130 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 7.06 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.83 hitters per nine. They are 1st in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.17. The Cubs pitchers have collectively given up 759 base hits and 344 earned runs. They have allowed 108 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 331 batters and struck out 946. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.13 and their FIP as a unit is 3.79.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .254, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .264 average on the road. The Cubs have a .425 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .346 which is good for 2nd in the league. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.62 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this game hitting .282 and his on-base percentage is at .379. He has 113 hits this season along with 82 runs scored and 68 runs batted in. He's struck out 110 times and has walked 52 times. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .288 and he has an on-base percentage of .399. He has totaled 109 hits so far while scoring 65 runs and he's driven in 79. He has walked 58 times and has struck out 75 times. The Cubs have 922 hits, including 196 doubles and 130 home runs. They've stolen 48 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 24 times. Chicago has walked 452 times this season and they've struck out 916 times as a unit. They've left 811 men on base and have a team OPS of .771. They score 5.07 runs per contest and have scored a total of 542 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this game with a 24-29 home mark and a 47-60 overall record. With an ERA of 9.33, Dillon Overton has a 1-2 record and a 2.18 WHIP. He has 11 strikeouts over the 18.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 34 hits. He has allowed 16.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 9.3. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.01 and they have given up 345 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 346 times and walking 123 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.43 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.63 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.69. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 994 base knocks and 494 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 130 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 335 hitters and struck out 804. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 4.39.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .243 average at home. The Athletics hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.6 hits per contest. Danny Valencia comes into this matchup batting .301 and he has an OBP of .354. He has 90 hits this year along with 45 runs scored and 38 RBI. He's struck out 72 times and has walked on 23 occasions. Jed Lowrie is hitting .263 and he has an OBP of .314. He has collected 89 hits so far while he's scored 30 runs and drove in 27. He has earned a walk 26 times and has punched out 65 times. The Athletics as a unit have 920 base hits, including 173 doubles and 116 homers. They have 42 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 16 times. Oakland as a team has walked 274 times this year and they have struck out 722 times. They've had 683 men left on base and have an OPS of .710. They score 4.09 runs per game and have totaled 438 runs so far this season.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 50-51-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 55-52-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 51-51-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 58-49-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/03/16 P Jason Hammel Personal bereavement list
07/16/16 P Trevor Cahill Knee 15-day DL (7/9)
06/07/16 LF Jorge Soler Hamstring 15-day DL (6/6)
04/08/16 C Kyle Schwarber Knee 60-day DL (4/8); out for season
04/04/16 P Aaron Brooks Hip 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 3B Christian Villanueva Fibula 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Dallas Beeler Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Zac Rosscup Shoulder 60-day DL (2/25)
08/04/16 2B Jed Lowrie Foot "?" Thursday vs. Los Angeles Angels
07/23/16 P Fernando Rodriguez Shoulder 60-day DL (7/4)
07/03/16 C Josh Phegley Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
07/01/16 P Sean Doolittle Shoulder 15-day DL (6/26)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 60-day DL (5/9), out for season
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 60-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Frankie Montas Ribs 60-day DL (2/20)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13), out for season
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics
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