Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Jeremy Hellickson vs. Jon Lester
The Philadelphia Phillies head to Wrigley Field on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 to take on the Chicago Cubs. The expected starting pitchers are Jeremy Hellickson for the Phillies and Jon Lester for the Cubs.
The odds for this matchup have Philadelphia at +203 and Chicago at -220. The Phillies have a 12-11-0 over/under mark and a 14-9-0 run line record. The Cubs are 9-15-0 against the run line and have a 14-9-1 over/under record.
Valuable Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Phillies are 12-11-0 against the over/under
The Philadelphia Phillies are 14-9-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 14-9-1 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 9-15-0 against the run line
Key Philadelphia Phillies Injuries
04/24/17 P Aaron Nola Back 10-day DL (4/21)
04/23/17 P Clay Buchholz Forearm 60-day DL (4/22)
04/19/17 LF Howie Kendrick Abdominal 7-day DL (4/16)
04/19/17 P Pat Neshek Personal out indefinitely
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
04/17/17 2B Tommy La Stella Personal out indefinitely
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Phillies have a 11-12 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has a 4-0 record with an earned run average of 1.80 and a WHIP of 0.80. He has 11 strikeouts over his 30 innings pitched and he's given up 21 hits. He allows 6.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.66. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.84 and they have given up 73 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the bullpen and they've struck out 75 hitters and walked 26 batters. As a team, Philadelphia allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.29. The Phillies pitchers collectively have given up 197 base hits and 97 earned runs. They have allowed 36 home runs this season, ranking them 3rd in the league. Philadelphia as a pitching staff has walked 65 batters and struck out 172. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 4.69.
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As a team Philadelphia is hitting .253, good for 11th in the league. The Phillies hold a .424 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Odubel Herrera is hitting .262 with an on-base percentage of .340. He has 22 hits this season in 84 at bats with 9 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .417 and an OPS+ of 102. Cesar Hernandez is hitting .323 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .375. He has totaled 31 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 96 at bats. His OPS+ is 139 while his slugging percentage is at .531. The Phillies have 197 hits, including 42 doubles and 25 home runs. Philadelphia has walked 70 times so far this season and they have struck out 204 times as a unit. They have left 145 men on base and have a team OPS of .740. They score 4.61 runs per contest and have scored a total of 106 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 13-11 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.68, Jon Lester has a 0-1 record and a 1.43 WHIP. He has 26 strikeouts over the 29.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 33 hits. He allows 10.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.87 and they have given up 53 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .189 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 89 batters and walked 36 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 190 base knocks and 90 earned runs this season. They have given up 30 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 85 hitters and struck out 215 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 4.09.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 8th in the league. The Cubs hold a .416 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Anthony Rizzo comes into this matchup batting .260 with an OBP of .377. He has 25 hits this year along with 17 RBI in 96 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .500 with an OPS+ of 133. Kris Bryant is hitting .289 this season and he has an OBP of .391. He has collected 28 hits in 97 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 141 and a slugging percentage of .515. The Cubs as a unit have 216 base hits, including 45 doubles and 28 homers. Chicago has walked 96 times this year and they have struck out on 221 occasions. They have had 189 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They have scored 5.08 runs per game and totaled 122 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Phillies/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Phillies +203
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