Thursday, June 2, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Kenta Maeda vs. Kyle Hendricks
The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Wrigley Field on Thursday to play the Chicago Cubs. The probable starters are Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers and Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +133 and Chicago at -143. The over/under was set at 8. The Dodgers have a 23-26-3 over/under record and a 24-28-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Cubs are 31-19-0 against the run line and have a 26-22-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 62% of the time.
The Dodgers head into this matchup with a 28-25 record, including 15-13 on the road. Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda has a 4-3 record with an earned run average of 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.05. He has 51 strikeouts over his 57 innings pitched and he has given up 43 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.52. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.38 and they have given up 113 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .193 against the bullpen while being struck out 154 times and walking 56 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 8.89 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.48 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.30. The Dodgers pitchers have collectively given up 373 base hits and 181 earned runs. They have allowed 46 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 145 batters and struck out 483. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.08 and their FIP as a unit is 3.38.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .260, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .271 average away from home. The Dodgers hold a .392 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.71 hits per game. Adrian Gonzalez comes into this game hitting .299 and his on-base percentage is at .376. He has 55 hits this season along with 19 runs scored and 27 runs batted in. He's struck out 44 times and has walked 24 times. Corey Seager is hitting .278 and he has an on-base percentage of .333. He has totaled 58 hits so far while scoring 33 runs and he's driven in 27. He has walked 17 times and has struck out 39 times. The Dodgers have 435 hits, including 79 doubles and 51 home runs. They've stolen 16 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Los Angeles has walked 180 times this season and they've struck out 415 times as a unit. They've left 368 men on base and have a team OPS of .688. They score 4.32 runs per contest and have scored a total of 229 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this matchup with a 18-7 home record and a 35-15 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.93, Kyle Hendricks has a 3-4 record and a 0.98 WHIP. He has 45 strikeouts over the 55.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 42 hits. He has allowed 6.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.78. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.18 and they have given up 99 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .197 against the Cubs bullpen while being struck out 148 times and walking 59 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 6.47 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.83 batters per nine. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.63. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 326 base knocks and 133 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 38 home runs this year and they give up 0.8 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 152 hitters and struck out 444. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.06 while their FIP as a staff is 3.36.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .244 average at home. The Cubs hold a .422 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .356 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.72 hits per contest. Ben Zobrist comes into this matchup batting .345 and he has an OBP of .445. He has 60 hits this year along with 37 runs scored and 35 RBI. He's struck out 26 times and has walked on 33 occasions. Kris Bryant is hitting .281 and he has an OBP of .368. He has collected 55 hits so far while he's scored 37 runs and drove in 37. He has earned a walk 23 times and has punched out 46 times. The Cubs as a unit have 436 base hits, including 88 doubles and 58 homers. They have 25 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 14 times. Chicago as a team has walked 234 times this year and they have struck out 408 times. They've had 386 men left on base and have an OPS of .778. They score 5.5 runs per game and have totaled 275 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 23-26-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 24-28-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 26-22-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 31-19-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Dodgers
05/31/16 P Alex Wood Tricep 15-day DL (5/31)
05/31/16 RF Yasiel Puig Hamstring "?" Wednesday vs. Chicago Cubs
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)
04/01/16 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 LF Andre Ethier Leg 60-day DL (3/25)
05/31/16 P Jason Hammel Hamstring "?" for next scheduled start Saturday vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
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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