Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Johnny Cueto vs. Jon Lester
The San Francisco Giants visit Wrigley Field on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 to play the Chicago Cubs. The probable starters are Johnny Cueto for the Giants and Jon Lester for the Cubs.
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The opening line for this matchup has San Francisco at +175 and Chicago at -186. The Giants have a 21-22-2 over/under record and a 19-26-0 run line mark. The Cubs are 16-26-0 against the run line and have a 27-14-1 over/under record.
Valuable San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 21-22-2 against the over/under
The San Francisco Giants are 19-26-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 27-14-1 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 16-26-0 against the run line
Key San Francisco Giants Injuries
05/15/17 RF Hunter Pence Hamstring 10-day DL (5/13)
05/12/17 3B Conor Gillaspie Back 10-day DL (5/11)
04/26/17 RF Jarrett Parker Collarbone 60-day DL (4/15)
04/24/17 2B Aaron Hill Forearm 10-day DL (4/22)
04/21/17 P Madison Bumgarner Ribs 10-day DL (4/21)
04/03/17 P Will Smith Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
04/02/17 C Trevor Brown Ankle 10-day DL (3/30)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
05/07/17 P Brett Anderson Back 10-day DL (5/6)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Giants have a 19-26 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto has a 4-3 record with an earned run average of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.26. He has 52 strikeouts over his 58 innings pitched and he's given up 57 hits. He allows 8.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.92. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.02 and they have given up 134 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the bullpen and they've struck out 126 hitters and walked 59 batters. As a team, San Francisco allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.38. The Giants pitchers collectively have given up 412 base hits and 200 earned runs. They have allowed 40 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. San Francisco as a pitching staff has walked 140 batters and struck out 364. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 3.68.
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As a team San Francisco is hitting .232, good for 27th in the league. The Giants hold a .351 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .289, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Buster Posey is hitting .362 with an on-base percentage of .441. He has 46 hits this season in 127 at bats with 11 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .559 and an OPS+ of 166. Brandon Belt is hitting .236 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 18 men in 157 at bats. His OPS+ is 114 while his slugging percentage is at .452. The Giants have 358 hits, including 68 doubles and 35 home runs. San Francisco has walked 122 times so far this season and they have struck out 341 times as a unit. They have left 304 men on base and have a team OPS of .640. They score 3.42 runs per contest and have scored a total of 154 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 22-20 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.57, Jon Lester has a 2-2 record and a 1.38 WHIP. He has 54 strikeouts over the 53 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 52 hits. He allows 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.47. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.35 and they have given up 130 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 169 batters and walked 68 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.94. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 367 base knocks and 169 earned runs this season. They have given up 51 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 154 hitters and struck out 389 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.03.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 20th in the league. The Cubs hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this matchup batting .303 with an OBP of .411. He has 47 hits this year along with 22 RBI in 155 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .587 with an OPS+ of 162. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .226 this season and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 36 hits in 159 at bats while driving in 24 runs. He has an OPS+ of 108 and a slugging percentage of .415. The Cubs as a unit have 359 base hits, including 75 doubles and 52 homers. Chicago has walked 179 times this year and they have struck out on 366 occasions. They have had 325 men left on base and have an OPS of .742. They have scored 5.07 runs per game and totaled 213 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Giants/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Giants +175
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