Chicago Cubs at Tampa Bay Rays 9/19/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Jon Lester vs. Chris Archer
The Chicago Cubs visit Tropicana Field on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are Jon Lester for the Cubs and Chris Archer for the Rays.
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The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at -111 and Tampa Bay at +101. The Cubs have a 71-71-7 over/under record and a 65-84-0 run line mark. The Rays are 71-79-0 against the run line and have a 73-74-3 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 71-71-7 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 65-84-0 against the run line
Important Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 73-74-3 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 71-79-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
09/05/17 P Jake Arrieta Hamstring left last game, doubtful for next scheduled start
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
06/26/17 P Diego Moreno Shoulder 60-day DL (05/22)
06/23/17 LF Colby Rasmus Hip 10-day DL (06/19)
06/09/17 LF Rickie Weeks Jr. Shoulder 10-day DL (06/09)
06/01/17 P Kevin Gadea Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
06/01/17 3B Matt Duffy Achilles 60-day DL (04/02)
06/01/17 P Shawn Tolleson Elbow 60-day DL (04/01)
05/18/17 P Xavier Cedeno Forearm 60-day DL (04/18)
04/01/17 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 60-day DL (03/10)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 83-66 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jon Lester has a 11-7 record with an earned run average of 4.30 and a WHIP of 1.31. He has 169 strikeouts over his 165.1 innings pitched and he's given up 162 hits. He allows 8.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.05. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.93 and they have given up 421 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the bullpen and they've struck out 551 hitters and walked 241 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 4.06. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 1,196 base hits and 599 earned runs. They have allowed 181 home runs this season, ranking them 18th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 517 batters and struck out 1,311. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 4.26.
As a team Chicago is hitting .256, good for 16th in the league. The Cubs hold a .442 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .281 with an on-base percentage of .400. He has 150 hits this season in 534 at bats with 106 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .526 and an OPS+ of 138. Kris Bryant is hitting .290 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .404. He has totaled 150 hits and he has driven in 67 men in 517 at bats. His OPS+ is 141 while his slugging percentage is at .532. The Cubs have 1,296 hits, including 256 doubles and 209 home runs. Chicago has walked 571 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,290 times as a unit. They have left 1,063 men on base and have a team OPS of .781. They score 5.11 runs per contest and have scored a total of 762 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 73-77 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.06, Chris Archer has a 9-10 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He has 235 strikeouts over the 186.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 179 hits. He allows 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.36. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.77 and they have given up 440 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 457 batters and walked 188 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 4. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,230 base knocks and 596 earned runs this season. They have given up 180 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 469 hitters and struck out 1,235 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.21.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 26th in the league. The Rays hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Corey Dickerson comes into this matchup batting .279 with an OBP of .324. He has 154 hits this year along with 60 RBI in 552 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .493 with an OPS+ of 118. Logan Morrison is hitting .243 this season and he has an OBP of .348. He has collected 115 hits in 474 at bats while driving in 82 runs. He has an OPS+ of 131 and a slugging percentage of .517. The Rays as a unit have 1,244 base hits, including 213 doubles and 212 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 504 times this year and they have struck out on 1,446 occasions. They have had 1,040 men left on base and have an OPS of .739. They have scored 4.23 runs per game and totaled 635 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs -111
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