Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chad Kuhl vs. Kyle Hendricks
The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Wrigley Field on Tuesday to take on the Chicago Cubs. The probable pitchers are Chad Kuhl for the Pirates and Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs. The opening line for this game has Pittsburgh at +199 and Chicago at -215. The over/under is 8. The Pirates have a 70-55-3 over/under mark and a 62-66-0 run line record, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Cubs are 71-58-0 against the run line and have a 59-63-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
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The Pirates head into this game with a 67-61 record, and they are 33-31 on the road. Starting pitcher Chad Kuhl has a 3-1 record with an ERA of 3.50 and a WHIP of 1.17. He has 27 strikeouts during his 43.2 innings pitched and he has given up 40 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.23. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.34 and they have allowed 406 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .241 against the pen while they've been struck out 394 times and walked 175 times this year. As a unit, Pittsburgh has given up 9.01 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.47 hitters per nine. They are 14th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.06. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 1,153 base hits and 520 earned runs. They have allowed 139 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 423 batters and struck out 956. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.29.
As a team, Pittsburgh is hitting .256, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .244 average on the road. The Pirates have a .401 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .329 which is good for 6th in the league. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.77 hits per contest. Jordy Mercer comes into this game hitting .259 and his on-base percentage is at .337. He has 110 hits this season along with 54 runs scored and 49 runs batted in. He's struck out 69 times and has walked 46 times. Starling Marte is hitting .307 and he has an on-base percentage of .362. He has totaled 140 hits so far while scoring 68 runs and he's driven in 45. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 98 times. The Pirates have 1,123 hits, including 221 doubles and 121 home runs. They've stolen 96 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 37 times. Pittsburgh has walked 420 times this season and they've struck out 1,058 times as a unit. They've left 906 men on base and have a team OPS of .731. They score 4.54 runs per contest and have scored a total of 581 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this game with a 45-19 home mark and a 82-47 overall record. With an ERA of 2.19, Kyle Hendricks has a 12-7 record and a 1.00 WHIP. He has 135 strikeouts over the 152 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 114 hits. He has allowed 6.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.37. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.56 and they have given up 297 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Cubs bullpen while being struck out 403 times and walking 158 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 6.95 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.88 batters per nine. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 3.09. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 900 base knocks and 403 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 130 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 399 hitters and struck out 1,148. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.12 while their FIP as a staff is 3.78.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .250 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 16th in baseball with 8.77 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this matchup batting .305 and he has an OBP of .398. He has 149 hits this year along with 107 runs scored and 89 RBI. He's struck out 125 times and has walked on 62 occasions. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .296 and he has an OBP of .393. He has collected 139 hits so far while he's scored 76 runs and drove in 89. He has earned a walk 63 times and has punched out 86 times. The Cubs as a unit have 1,131 base hits, including 236 doubles and 163 homers. They have 52 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 30 times. Chicago as a team has walked 522 times this year and they have struck out 1,079 times. They've had 965 men left on base and have an OPS of .777. They score 5.08 runs per game and have totaled 655 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 70-55-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 62-66-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 59-63-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 71-58-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/27/16 P Gerrit Cole Elbow expected to miss next scheduled start Monday vs Chicago Cubs
08/21/16 3B Jung-ho Kang Shoulder 15-day DL (8/20)
07/04/16 C Chris Stewart Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
08/19/16 P Hector Rondon Tricep 15-day DL (8/17)
08/19/16 P John Lackey Shoulder 15-day DL (8/15)
08/18/16 2B Chris Coghlan Ribs 15-day DL (8/17)
08/17/16 P Joe Smith Hamstring 15-day DL (8/17)
08/12/16 P Pedro Strop Knee 15-day DL (8/11)
04/08/16 C Kyle Schwarber Knee 60-day DL (4/8); out for season
04/04/16 P Aaron Brooks Hip 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 3B Christian Villanueva Fibula 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Dallas Beeler Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Zac Rosscup Shoulder 60-day DL (2/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Cubs
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