Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ricky Nolasco vs. Jason Hammel
The Los Angeles Angels head to Wrigley Field on Wednesday to take on the Chicago Cubs. The probable pitchers are Ricky Nolasco for the Angels and Jason Hammel for the Cubs. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles at +203 and Chicago at -220. The over/under is 8. The Angels have a 49-60-3 over/under mark and a 54-58-0 run line record, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Cubs are 58-52-0 against the run line and have a 51-53-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Angels head into this game with a 49-62 record, and they are 23-33 on the road. Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco has a 4-8 record with an ERA of 5.23 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 97 strikeouts during his 130.2 innings pitched and he has given up 145 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.47. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.94 and they have allowed 355 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the pen while they've been struck out 297 times and walked 129 times this year. As a unit, Los Angeles has given up 7.45 base hits per nine innings while striking out 9.33 hitters per nine. They are 4th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.59. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 1,023 base hits and 484 earned runs. They have allowed 149 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 350 batters and struck out 787. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.41 and their FIP as a unit is 4.71.
As a team, Los Angeles is hitting .246, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .251 average on the road. The Angels have a .404 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .318 which is good for 18th in the league. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.39 hits per contest. Kole Calhoun comes into this game hitting .274 and his on-base percentage is at .352. He has 113 hits this season along with 67 runs scored and 54 runs batted in. He's struck out 80 times and has walked 49 times. Mike Trout is hitting .316 and he has an on-base percentage of .427. He has totaled 124 hits so far while scoring 88 runs and he's driven in 74. He has walked 75 times and has struck out 92 times. The Angels have 1,010 hits, including 195 doubles and 106 home runs. They've stolen 39 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 23 times. Los Angeles has walked 329 times this season and they've struck out 648 times as a unit. They've left 729 men on base and have a team OPS of .741. They score 4.64 runs per contest and have scored a total of 515 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this game with a 37-17 home mark and a 69-41 overall record. With an ERA of 3.07, Jason Hammel has a 11-5 record and a 1.10 WHIP. He has 100 strikeouts over the 120.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 95 hits. He has allowed 7.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.27. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have given up 245 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the Cubs bullpen while being struck out 327 times and walking 131 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.78 batters per nine. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 3.11. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 773 base knocks and 347 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 110 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 333 hitters and struck out 967. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.12 while their FIP as a staff is 3.76.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .244 average at home. The Cubs hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .346 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.65 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this matchup batting .285 and he has an OBP of .386. He has 117 hits this year along with 83 runs scored and 69 RBI. He's struck out 113 times and has walked on 56 occasions. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .286 and he has an OBP of .395. He has collected 112 hits so far while he's scored 67 runs and drove in 80. He has earned a walk 59 times and has punched out 77 times. The Cubs as a unit have 951 base hits, including 203 doubles and 134 homers. They have 49 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Chicago as a team has walked 460 times this year and they have struck out 940 times. They've had 833 men left on base and have an OPS of .772. They score 5.05 runs per game and have totaled 556 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 49-60-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 54-58-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 51-53-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 58-52-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
08/02/16 P Huston Street Knee 15-day DL (8/2)
07/20/16 P Nick Tropeano Elbow 15-day DL (7/19)
07/19/16 C Geovany Soto Knee 15-day DL (7/16)
07/09/16 1B C.J. Cron Hand 15-day DL (7/8)
06/14/16 P Cory Rasmus Groin 60-day DL (6/14)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Elbow 60-day DL (4/4), out for season
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25), out for season
08/03/16 P Jason Hammel Personal bereavement list
07/16/16 P Trevor Cahill Knee 15-day DL (7/9)
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs
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