Friday, April 15, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chad Bettis vs. Kyle Hendricks
The Colorado Rockies visit Wrigley Field on Friday to play the Chicago Cubs. The probable starters are Chad Bettis for the Rockies and Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Colorado at +175 and Chicago at -185. The over/under was set at 8. The Rockies have a 5-3-0 over/under record and a 4-4-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Cubs are 7-1-0 against the run line and have a 5-3-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 88% of the time.
The Rockies head into this matchup with a 4-4 record, including 2-1 on the road. Starting pitcher Chad Bettis has a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 4.38 and a WHIP of 1.30. He has 10 strikeouts over his 12.1 innings pitched and he has given up 13 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.63. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 7.89 and they have given up 41 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .320 against the bullpen while being struck out 27 times and walking 8 times this season. As a team, Colorado has allowed 12.68 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.35 batters per nine. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 7.61. The Rockies pitchers have collectively given up 100 base hits and 60 earned runs. They have allowed 14 home runs this season and they allow 1.8 homers per nine innings as a staff. Colorado as a pitching staff has walked 24 batters and struck out 58. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.75 and their FIP as a unit is 5.28.
As a team, Colorado is batting .292, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .294 average away from home. The Rockies hold a .592 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .347 which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 10.38 hits per game. Carlos Gonzalez comes into this game hitting .394 and his on-base percentage is at .429. He has 13 hits this season along with 7 runs scored and 6 runs batted in. He's struck out 9 times and has walked 2 times. Nolan Arenado is hitting .313 and he has an on-base percentage of .371. He has totaled 10 hits so far while scoring 5 runs and he's driven in 12. He has walked 3 times and has struck out 2 times. The Rockies have 83 hits, including 20 doubles and 19 home runs. They've stolen 3 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 3 times. Colorado has walked 24 times this season and they've struck out 52 times as a unit. They've left 54 men on base and have a team OPS of .939. They score 5.88 runs per contest and have scored a total of 47 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this matchup with a 2-0 home record and a 7-1 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.70, Kyle Hendricks has a 1-0 record and a 0.75 WHIP. He has 5 strikeouts over the 6.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 4 hits. He has allowed 5.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.12. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 0.93 and they have given up 8 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .123 against the Cubs bullpen while being struck out 20 times and walking 2 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 6.15 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.91 batters per nine. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 2.51. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 49 base knocks and 20 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 5 home runs this year and they give up 0.6 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 13 hitters and struck out 63. They give up a walk 1.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 0.87 while their FIP as a staff is 2.87.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .190 average at home. The Cubs hold a .434 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .381 which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 9 hits per contest. Anthony Rizzo comes into this matchup batting .207 and he has an OBP of .395. He has 6 hits this year along with 7 runs scored and 10 RBI. He's struck out 7 times and has walked on 8 occasions. Kris Bryant is hitting .212 and he has an OBP of .316. He has collected 7 hits so far while he's scored 6 runs and drove in 4. He has earned a walk 5 times and has punched out 7 times. The Cubs as a unit have 72 base hits, including 16 doubles and 9 homers. They have 4 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 0 times. Chicago as a team has walked 48 times this year and they have struck out 67 times. They've had 66 men left on base and have an OPS of .815. They score 7 runs per game and have totaled 56 runs so far this season.
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Colorado Rockies are 5-3-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Colorado Rockies are 4-4-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 5-3-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 7-1-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/10/16 P Adam Ottavino Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jairo Diaz Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jason Motte Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jonathan Gray Abdominal 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Tyler Anderson Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Tyler Matzek Personal 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 2B Daniel Descalso Hand 15-day DL (3/25)
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)
03/30/16 SS Javier Baez Thumb 15-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Rockies
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