Saturday, April 29, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: John Lackey vs. Steven Wright
Fenway Park is the site of the matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are John Lackey for the Cubs and Steven Wright for the Red Sox.
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Chicago opens at -109 while Boston opens at -101. The Cubs have a 12-8-1 over/under record and a 8-13-0 run line mark. The Red Sox are 10-11-0 against the run line and have a 6-13-2 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 12-8-1 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 8-13-0 against the run line
Important Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 6-13-2 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 10-11-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
04/17/17 2B Tommy La Stella Personal out indefinitely
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
04/25/17 3B Pablo Sandoval Knee 10-day DL (4/24)
04/21/17 LF Brock Holt Vertigo 10-day DL (4/21)
04/03/17 P Carson Smith Elbow 60-day DL (4/1)
04/03/17 P Roenis Elias Oblique 10-day DL (4/1)
04/01/17 P Tyler Thornbur Undisclosed 10-day DL (4/1)
03/30/17 P David Price Elbow 10-day DL (4/1)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 12-9 overall record this season. Starting pitcher John Lackey has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 4.88 and a WHIP of 1.29. He has 26 strikeouts over his 24 innings pitched and he's given up 23 hits. He allows 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.51. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.97 and they have given up 45 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .181 against the bullpen and they've struck out 77 hitters and walked 34 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.65. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 161 base hits and 77 earned runs. They have allowed 26 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 76 batters and struck out 188. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 4.05.
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As a team Chicago is hitting .257, good for 7th in the league. The Cubs hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .344, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 9.0 hits per game. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .277 with an on-base percentage of .400. He has 23 hits this season in 83 at bats with 15 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .518 and an OPS+ of 147. Kris Bryant is hitting .282 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .386. He has totaled 24 hits and he has driven in 12 men in 85 at bats. His OPS+ is 126 while his slugging percentage is at .447. The Cubs have 190 hits, including 40 doubles and 22 home runs. Chicago has walked 86 times so far this season and they have struck out 192 times as a unit. They have left 165 men on base and have a team OPS of .754. They score 5.19 runs per contest and have scored a total of 109 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 11-10 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 8.66, Steven Wright has a 1-2 record and a 2.09 WHIP. He has 9 strikeouts over the 17.2 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 33 hits. He allows 16.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 8.12. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.10 and they have given up 42 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .184 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 61 batters and walked 26 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.42. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 165 base knocks and 71 earned runs this season. They have given up 25 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 65 hitters and struck out 200 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 3.71.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 4th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .368 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Mookie Betts comes into this matchup batting .310 with an OBP of .380. He has 22 hits this year along with 11 RBI in 71 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .465 with an OPS+ of 131. Mitch Moreland is hitting .295 this season and he has an OBP of .375. He has collected 23 hits in 78 at bats while driving in 9 runs. He has an OPS+ of 141 and a slugging percentage of .513. The Red Sox as a unit have 190 base hits, including 36 doubles and 11 homers. Boston has walked 65 times this year and they have struck out on 130 occasions. They have had 152 men left on base and have an OPS of .699. They have scored 3.71 runs per game and totaled 78 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs -109
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