Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals 6-14-2016 Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 6/13/2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: John Lackey vs. Gio Gonzalez
The Chicago Cubs head to Nationals Park on Tuesday to take on the Washington Nationals. The probable pitchers are John Lackey for the Cubs and Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals. The opening line for this game has Chicago at -115 and Washington at +105. The over/under is 7.5. The Cubs have a 31-28-2 over/under mark and a 38-23-0 run line record, meaning they cover 62% of the time. The Nationals are 32-31-0 against the run line and have a 31-26-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Cubs head into this game with a 43-18 record, and they are 21-10 on the road. Starting pitcher John Lackey has a 7-2 record with an ERA of 2.63 and a WHIP of 0.93. He has 84 strikeouts during his 82 innings pitched and he has given up 57 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 6.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.98. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.25 and they have allowed 118 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .201 against the pen while they've been struck out 167 times and walked 72 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 6.46 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 hitters per nine. They are 1st in the Majors in team earned run average at 2.56. The Cubs pitchers have collectively given up 396 base hits and 160 earned runs. They have allowed 47 home runs this season and they allow 0.8 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 175 batters and struck out 543. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.04 and their FIP as a unit is 3.30.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .258, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .274 average on the road. The Cubs have a .428 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .351 which is good for 2nd in the league. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.74 hits per contest. Ben Zobrist comes into this game hitting .324 and his on-base percentage is at .431. He has 66 hits this season along with 44 runs scored and 38 runs batted in. He's struck out 33 times and has walked 40 times. Kris Bryant is hitting .280 and he has an on-base percentage of .365. He has totaled 67 hits so far while scoring 47 runs and he's driven in 45. He has walked 27 times and has struck out 60 times. The Cubs have 533 hits, including 111 doubles and 74 home runs. They've stolen 27 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 15 times. Chicago has walked 263 times this season and they've struck out 508 times as a unit. They've left 453 men on base and have a team OPS of .778. They score 5.49 runs per contest and have scored a total of 335 runs so far this year.
Washington comes into this game with a 18-11 home mark and a 39-24 overall record. With an ERA of 3.93, Gio Gonzalez has a 3-5 record and a 1.25 WHIP. He has 71 strikeouts over the 71 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 70 hits. He has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.47. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.09 and they have given up 134 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Nationals bullpen while being struck out 181 times and walking 57 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 7.47 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.23. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 472 base knocks and 204 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 61 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a staff has walked 174 hitters and struck out 600. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.14 while their FIP as a staff is 3.42.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .251 average at home. The Nationals hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.48 hits per contest. Bryce Harper comes into this matchup batting .258 and he has an OBP of .412. He has 49 hits this year along with 37 runs scored and 38 RBI. He's struck out 43 times and has walked on 52 occasions. Daniel Murphy is hitting .369 and he has an OBP of .409. He has collected 86 hits so far while he's scored 38 runs and drove in 42. He has earned a walk 13 times and has punched out 28 times. The Nationals as a unit have 534 base hits, including 101 doubles and 86 homers. They have 29 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 17 times. Washington as a team has walked 220 times this year and they have struck out 481 times. They've had 422 men left on base and have an OPS of .753. They score 4.63 runs per game and have totaled 292 runs so far this season.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 31-28-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 38-23-0 against the run line so far this season
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 31-26-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 32-31-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/09/16 2B Tommy La Stella Hamstring 15-day DL (6/8)
06/07/16 LF Jorge Soler Hamstring 15-day DL (6/6)
05/18/16 P Joe Nathan Elbow 60-day DL (5/17)
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)
04/28/16 P Matt Belisle Calf 15-day DL (4/27)
03/31/16 P Aaron Barrett Elbow 60-day DL (4/1)
Guy's Pick: Take the Nationals
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