Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs 8/16/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Homer Bailey vs. John Lackey
The Cincinnati Reds visit Wrigley Field on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 to play the Chicago Cubs. The probable starters are Homer Bailey for the Reds and John Lackey for the Cubs.
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The opening line for this matchup has Cincinnati at +194 and Chicago at -210. The Reds have a 65-50-4 over/under record and a 59-60-0 run line mark. The Cubs are 49-68-0 against the run line and have a 54-57-6 over/under record.
Valuable Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Reds are 65-50-4 against the over/under
The Cincinnati Reds are 59-60-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 54-57-6 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 49-68-0 against the run line
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
08/15/17 C Devin Mesoraco Foot 10-day DL (08/15)
08/13/17 P Austin Brice Side 10-day DL (08/13)
08/10/17 P Lisalverto Bonilla Elbow 10-day DL (08/07)
08/02/17 LF Scott Schebler Shoulder 10-day DL (07/31)
06/29/17 P Brandon Finnegan Tricep 10-day DL (06/28)
06/26/17 P Bronson Arroyo Shoulder 60-day DL (06/19)
06/18/17 P Anthony DeSclafani Elbow 60-day DL (04/02)
04/03/17 P Nefi Ogando Hand 60-day DL (03/30)
04/02/17 P Nick Travieso Shoulder 60-day DL (04/02)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
08/14/17 2B Ben Zobrist Neck "?" Tuesday vs. Cincinnati Reds
08/11/17 C Willson Contreras Hamstring 10-day DL (08/10)
08/09/17 P Koji Uehara Neck 10-day DL (08/09)
08/04/17 SS Addison Russell Foot 10-day DL (08/03)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Reds have a 49-70 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Homer Bailey has a 4-6 record with an earned run average of 8.31 and a WHIP of 2.04. He has 31 strikeouts over his 47.2 innings pitched and he's given up 72 hits. He allows 13.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.84. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.32 and they have given up 420 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .239 against the bullpen and they've struck out 457 hitters and walked 192 batters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.32. The Reds pitchers collectively have given up 1,087 base hits and 623 earned runs. They have allowed 198 home runs this season, ranking them 1st in the league. Cincinnati as a pitching staff has walked 450 batters and struck out 954. They have walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.46 and their FIP as a unit is 5.21.
As a team Cincinnati is hitting .254, good for 18th in the league. The Reds hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Joey Votto is hitting .317 with an on-base percentage of .447. He has 131 hits this season in 413 at bats with 83 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .603 and an OPS+ of 170. Adam Duvall is hitting .260 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .313. He has totaled 116 hits and he has driven in 81 men in 446 at bats. His OPS+ is 112 while his slugging percentage is at .525. The Reds have 1,032 hits, including 183 doubles and 168 home runs. Cincinnati has walked 408 times so far this season and they have struck out 957 times as a unit. They have left 841 men on base and have a team OPS of .767. They score 4.68 runs per contest and have scored a total of 557 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 62-55 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.82, John Lackey has a 10-9 record and a 1.33 WHIP. He has 109 strikeouts over the 125 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 126 hits. He allows 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.63. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.50 and they have given up 314 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 436 batters and walked 185 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.97. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 924 base knocks and 460 earned runs this season. They have given up 142 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 406 hitters and struck out 1,024 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.25.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 21st in the league. The Cubs hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Javier Baez comes into this matchup batting .272 with an OBP of .312. He has 90 hits this year along with 54 RBI in 331 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .498 with an OPS+ of 107. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .262 this season and he has an OBP of .384. He has collected 111 hits in 424 at bats while driving in 76 runs. He has an OPS+ of 130 and a slugging percentage of .505. The Cubs as a unit have 987 base hits, including 195 doubles and 168 homers. Chicago has walked 436 times this year and they have struck out on 994 occasions. They have had 825 men left on base and have an OPS of .767. They have scored 4.8 runs per game and totaled 562 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Reds/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs -210
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