Monday, May 30, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Alex Wood vs. Jason Hammel
The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Wrigley Field on Monday to play the Chicago Cubs. The probable starters are Alex Wood for the Dodgers and Jason Hammel for the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +138 and Chicago at -148. The over/under was set at 8. The Dodgers have a 21-25-3 over/under record and a 22-27-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Cubs are 29-18-0 against the run line and have a 26-19-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 62% of the time.
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The Dodgers head into this matchup with a 26-24 record, including 13-12 on the road. Starting pitcher Alex Wood has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 4.03 and a WHIP of 1.25. He has 55 strikeouts over his 51.1 innings pitched and he has given up 48 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.35. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.54 and they have given up 111 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .198 against the bullpen while being struck out 146 times and walking 56 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 8.99 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.39 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.23. The Dodgers pitchers have collectively given up 359 base hits and 177 earned runs. They have allowed 45 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 141 batters and struck out 451. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.11 and their FIP as a unit is 3.47.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .256, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .271 average away from home. The Dodgers hold a .384 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.53 hits per game. Adrian Gonzalez comes into this game hitting .295 and his on-base percentage is at .371. He has 51 hits this season along with 19 runs scored and 23 runs batted in. He's struck out 41 times and has walked 22 times. Corey Seager is hitting .270 and he has an on-base percentage of .327. He has totaled 53 hits so far while scoring 29 runs and he's driven in 24. He has walked 16 times and has struck out 35 times. The Dodgers have 417 hits, including 78 doubles and 50 home runs. They've stolen 14 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Los Angeles has walked 170 times this season and they've struck out 390 times as a unit. They've left 348 men on base and have a team OPS of .701. They score 4.4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 220 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this matchup with a 16-6 home record and a 33-14 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.17, Jason Hammel has a 6-1 record and a 1.17 WHIP. He has 47 strikeouts over the 54 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 42 hits. He has allowed 7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.37. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.02 and they have given up 91 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .197 against the Cubs bullpen while being struck out 138 times and walking 58 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 6.56 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.82 batters per nine. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.64. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 311 base knocks and 126 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 35 home runs this year and they give up 0.7 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 142 hitters and struck out 417. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.07 while their FIP as a staff is 3.33.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .248 average at home. The Cubs hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .358 which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.87 hits per contest. Ben Zobrist comes into this matchup batting .354 and he has an OBP of .455. He has 58 hits this year along with 35 runs scored and 32 RBI. He's struck out 20 times and has walked on 32 occasions. Kris Bryant is hitting .280 and he has an OBP of .368. He has collected 52 hits so far while he's scored 35 runs and drove in 36. He has earned a walk 22 times and has punched out 41 times. The Cubs as a unit have 417 base hits, including 87 doubles and 56 homers. They have 24 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 12 times. Chicago as a team has walked 224 times this year and they have struck out 378 times. They've had 369 men left on base and have an OPS of .788. They score 5.66 runs per game and have totaled 266 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 21-25-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 22-27-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 26-19-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 29-18-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Dodgers
05/28/16 P Alex Wood Tricep probable for next scheduled start Monday vs. Chicago Cubs
05/28/16 CF Trayce Thompson Back left last game, "?" Sunday vs. New York Mets
05/24/16 P Chin-Hui Tsao Tricep 15-day DL (5/22)
05/03/16 P Josh Ravin Suspension expected to miss 80 games
04/23/16 P Yimi Garcia Bicep 60-day DL (4/23)
04/11/16 LF Scott Van Slyke Back 15-day DL (4/10)
04/05/16 P Brandon McCarthy Elbow 60-day DL (2/19)
04/05/16 P Frankie Montas Ribs 60-day DL (2/20)
04/04/16 P Brett Anderson Back 60-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 3B Alex Guerrero Knee 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 LF Andre Ethier Leg 60-day DL (3/25)
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Dodgers
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