Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Bartolo Colon vs. Kyle Hendricks
The New York Mets head to Wrigley Field on Wednesday to take on the Chicago Cubs. The probable pitchers are Bartolo Colon for the Mets and Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs. The opening line for this game has New York at +161 and Chicago at -171. The over/under is 8. The Mets have a 39-51-2 over/under mark and a 38-54-0 run line record, meaning they cover 41% of the time. The Cubs are 48-44-0 against the run line and have a 46-42-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
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The Mets head into this game with a 49-43 record, and they are 23-23 on the road. Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has a 8-4 record with an ERA of 3.11 and a WHIP of 1.21. He has 69 strikeouts during his 104.1 innings pitched and he has given up 107 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.03. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.21 and they have allowed 233 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the pen while they've been struck out 293 times and walked 102 times this year. As a unit, New York has given up 8.49 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.58 hitters per nine. They are 3rd in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.36. The Mets pitchers have collectively given up 770 base hits and 303 earned runs. They have allowed 82 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. New York as a pitching staff has walked 231 batters and struck out 779. They walk 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.23 and their FIP as a unit is 3.47.
As a team, New York is hitting .237, good for 29th in the league while putting together a .241 average on the road. The Mets have a .414 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .309 which is good for 24th in the league. They rank 30th in baseball with 7.85 hits per contest. Yoenis Cespedes comes into this game hitting .296 and his on-base percentage is at .369. He has 87 hits this season along with 47 runs scored and 52 runs batted in. He's struck out 78 times and has walked 32 times. Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .266 and he has an on-base percentage of .321. He has totaled 89 hits so far while scoring 39 runs and he's driven in 31. He has walked 21 times and has struck out 69 times. The Mets have 722 hits, including 138 doubles and 127 home runs. They've stolen 22 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. New York has walked 292 times this season and they've struck out 779 times as a unit. They've left 628 men on base and have a team OPS of .723. They score 3.78 runs per contest and have scored a total of 348 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this game with a 29-15 home mark and a 56-36 overall record. With an ERA of 2.41, Kyle Hendricks has a 8-6 record and a 1.02 WHIP. He has 89 strikeouts over the 104.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 78 hits. He has allowed 6.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.45. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.71 and they have given up 206 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the Cubs bullpen while being struck out 270 times and walking 112 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.79 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.24. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 647 base knocks and 302 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 94 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 283 hitters and struck out 810. They give up a walk 3.1 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 3.84.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .239 average at home. The Cubs hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .345 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.63 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this matchup batting .282 and he has an OBP of .379. He has 97 hits this year along with 75 runs scored and 65 RBI. He's struck out 94 times and has walked on 44 occasions. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .293 and he has an OBP of .406. He has collected 95 hits so far while he's scored 56 runs and drove in 68. He has earned a walk 50 times and has punched out 59 times. The Cubs as a unit have 794 base hits, including 168 doubles and 121 homers. They have 37 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Chicago as a team has walked 387 times this year and they have struck out 796 times. They've had 690 men left on base and have an OPS of .777. They score 5.16 runs per game and have totaled 475 runs so far this season.
New York Mets Betting Trends
The New York Mets are 39-51-2 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Mets are 38-54-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 46-42-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 48-44-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
New York Mets
07/06/16 P Matt Harvey Shoulder 15-day DL (7/6), out for season
06/22/16 P Jim Henderson Bicep 15-day DL (6/19)
06/03/16 3B David Wright Neck 60-day DL (5/30), out for season
05/24/16 1B Lucas Duda Back 15-day DL (5/21)
04/04/16 P Zack Wheeler Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
07/16/16 P Trevor Cahill Knee 15-day DL (7/9)
07/03/16 2B Chris Coghlan Ribs 15-day DL (7/3)
06/20/16 CF Dexter Fowler Hamstring 15-day DL (6/19)
06/07/16 LF Jorge Soler Hamstring 15-day DL (6/6)
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs
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