Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Citizens Bank Park
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Probable Pitchers: James Shields vs. Jake Thompson
The Chicago White Sox head to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday to take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The probable pitchers are James Shields for the White Sox and Jake Thompson for the Phillies. The opening line for this game has Chicago at +117 and Philadelphia at -127. The over/under is 9.5. The White Sox have a 70-72-7 over/under mark and a 76-73-0 run line record, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Phillies are 78-72-0 against the run line and have a 70-72-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this game with a 72-77 record, and they are 31-44 on the road. Starting pitcher James Shields has a 5-17 record with an ERA of 5.84 and a WHIP of 1.60. He has 118 strikeouts during his 163.1 innings pitched and he has given up 188 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.13. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have allowed 409 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the pen while they've been struck out 401 times and walked 207 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 8.85 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.83 hitters per nine. They are 12th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.08. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 1,312 base hits and 604 earned runs. They have allowed 173 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 485 batters and struck out 1,161. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.30.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .257, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .254 average on the road. The White Sox have a .406 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .318 which is good for 22nd in the league. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.83 hits per contest. Jose Abreu comes into this game hitting .299 and his on-base percentage is at .353. He has 173 hits this season along with 63 runs scored and 95 runs batted in. He's struck out 117 times and has walked 40 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .298 and he has an on-base percentage of .348. He has totaled 161 hits so far while scoring 63 runs and he's driven in 73. He has walked 44 times and has struck out 63 times. The White Sox have 1,314 hits, including 252 doubles and 150 home runs. They've stolen 71 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 32 times. Chicago has walked 422 times this season and they've struck out 1,187 times as a unit. They've left 1,027 men on base and have a team OPS of .723. They score 4.19 runs per contest and have scored a total of 625 runs so far this year.
Philadelphia comes into this game with a 34-42 home mark and a 67-83 overall record. With an ERA of 5.64, Jake Thompson has a 2-5 record and a 1.48 WHIP. He has 30 strikeouts over the 44.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 44 hits. He has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.8. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.57 and they have given up 492 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .260 against the Phillies bullpen while being struck out 470 times and walking 186 times this season. As a team, Philadelphia has allowed 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.17 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.42. The Phillies pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,347 base knocks and 654 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 196 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Philadelphia as a staff has walked 417 hitters and struck out 1,210. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.27.
As a team, they are batting .238, good for 29th in the league while putting together a .227 average at home. The Phillies hold a .383 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .297 which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 29th in baseball with 7.95 hits per contest. Odubel Herrera comes into this matchup batting .285 and he has an OBP of .361. He has 153 hits this year along with 79 runs scored and 45 RBI. He's struck out 121 times and has walked on 60 occasions. Cesar Hernandez is hitting .290 and he has an OBP of .361. He has collected 146 hits so far while he's scored 60 runs and drove in 36. He has earned a walk 56 times and has punched out 108 times. The Phillies as a unit have 1,192 base hits, including 219 doubles and 149 homers. They have 84 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 43 times. Philadelphia as a team has walked 386 times this year and they have struck out 1,269 times. They've had 950 men left on base and have an OPS of .680. They score 3.69 runs per game and have totaled 553 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 70-72-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 76-73-0 against the run line so far this season
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Phillies are 70-72-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Philadelphia Phillies are 78-72-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
08/03/16 CF Charlie Tilson Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
07/27/16 2B Brett Lawrie Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
07/01/16 3B Matt Davidson Foot 60-day DL (6/30)
06/21/16 P Zach Putnam Elbow 15-day DL (6/21)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 60-day DL (5/2)
09/04/16 P Vincent Velasquez None out for season
08/17/16 P Aaron Nola Elbow 60-day DL (7/29); out for season
08/09/16 P Zach Eflin Knee 60-day DL (8/9); out for season
05/01/16 P Dalier Hinojosa Hand 15-day DL (4/29)
04/24/16 P Charlie Morton Hamstring 60-day DL (4/24); out for season
03/31/16 P Matt Harrison Back 60-day DL (4/2)
Guy's Pick: Take the Phillies
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