Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Jon Lester vs. Tyler Glasnow
The Chicago Cubs head to PNC Park on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The expected starting pitchers are Jon Lester for the Cubs and Tyler Glasnow for the Pirates.
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The odds for this matchup have Chicago at -168 and Pittsburgh at +158. The Cubs have a 11-7-1 over/under mark and a 8-11-0 run line record. The Pirates are 9-10-0 against the run line and have a 8-11-0 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 11-7-1 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 8-11-0 against the run line
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 8-11-0 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 9-10-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
04/17/17 2B Tommy La Stella Personal out indefinitely
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
04/25/17 LF Adam Frazier Hamstring 10-day DL (4/23)
04/25/17 C Francisco Cervelli Wrist probable Tuesday vs. Chicago Cubs
04/18/17 CF Starling Marte Suspension 80-game suspension
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 11-8 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jon Lester has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 2.66 and a WHIP of 1.27. He has 21 strikeouts over his 23.2 innings pitched and he's given up 23 hits. He allows 8.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.71. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.22 and they have given up 44 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .189 against the bullpen and they've struck out 72 hitters and walked 31 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.75. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 146 base hits and 72 earned runs. They have allowed 24 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 69 batters and struck out 175. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 3.98.
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As a team Chicago is hitting .262, good for 5th in the league. The Cubs hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .348, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.3 hits per game. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .280 with an on-base percentage of .407. He has 21 hits this season in 75 at bats with 11 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .507 and an OPS+ of 150. Kris Bryant is hitting .256 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .359. He has totaled 20 hits and he has driven in 11 men in 78 at bats. His OPS+ is 115 while his slugging percentage is at .423. The Cubs have 176 hits, including 36 doubles and 21 home runs. Chicago has walked 78 times so far this season and they have struck out 175 times as a unit. They have left 149 men on base and have a team OPS of .768. They score 5.42 runs per contest and have scored a total of 103 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 8-11 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 7.94, Tyler Glasnow has a 0-1 record and a 2.29 WHIP. He has 13 strikeouts over the 11.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 17 hits. He allows 13.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.42. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.24 and they have given up 69 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .265 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 49 batters and walked 21 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.04. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 178 base knocks and 76 earned runs this season. They have given up 19 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 58 hitters and struck out 131 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.03.
As a team, they are batting .233, good for 21st in the league. The Pirates hold a .359 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 7.7 hits per contest. Andrew McCutchen comes into this matchup batting .261 with an OBP of .333. He has 18 hits this year along with 9 RBI in 69 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .449 with an OPS+ of 109. Josh Harrison is hitting .293 this season and he has an OBP of .388. He has collected 17 hits in 58 at bats while driving in 3 runs. He has an OPS+ of 113 and a slugging percentage of .397. The Pirates as a unit have 147 base hits, including 23 doubles and 15 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 62 times this year and they have struck out on 132 occasions. They have had 137 men left on base and have an OPS of .669. They have scored 3.42 runs per game and totaled 65 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs -168
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