Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago Cubs 8/19/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Nick Tepesch vs. Jose Quintana
The Toronto Blue Jays head to Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 19, 2017 to take on the Chicago Cubs. The expected starting pitchers are Nick Tepesch for the Blue Jays and Jose Quintana for the Cubs.
The odds for this matchup have Toronto at +226 and Chicago at -247. The Blue Jays have a 55-60-6 over/under mark and a 54-67-0 run line record. The Cubs are 49-71-0 against the run line and have a 56-58-6 over/under record.
Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 55-60-6 against the over/under
The Toronto Blue Jays are 54-67-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 56-58-6 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 49-71-0 against the run line
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
08/12/17 C Russell Martin Oblique 10-day DL (08/12)
08/09/17 SS Troy Tulowitzki Ankle 60-day DL (07/29)
08/09/17 P Cesar Valdez Shoulder 10-day DL (08/08)
07/22/17 P Aaron Sanchez Blister 10-day DL (07/22)
07/05/17 C Luke Maile Knee 10-day DL (07/04)
07/01/17 2B Devon Travis Knee 60-day DL (06/06)
06/16/17 3B Chris Coghlan Wrist 10-day DL (06/16)
05/24/17 LF Anthony Alford Wrist 10-day DL (05/24)
05/20/17 CF Darrell Ceciliani Shoulder 10-day DL (05/19)
04/09/17 P Bo Schultz Elbow 60-day DL (03/30)
04/03/17 CF Dalton Pompey Concussion 60-day DL (03/30)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
08/17/17 P Jon Lester Back 10-day DL (08/17)
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 Blue Jays have a 59-62 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Nick Tepesch has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 5.25 and a WHIP of 1.92. He has 6 strikeouts over his 12 innings pitched and he's given up 17 hits. He allows 12.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 9.56. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.31 and they have given up 391 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the bullpen and they've struck out 467 hitters and walked 167 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.49. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 1,083 base hits and 544 earned runs. They have allowed 148 home runs this season, ranking them 15th in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 435 batters and struck out 1,031. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.32.
As a team Toronto is hitting .241, good for 28th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Justin Smoak is hitting .296 with an on-base percentage of .371. He has 125 hits this season in 423 at bats with 80 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .579 and an OPS+ of 145. Kevin Pillar is hitting .247 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .299. He has totaled 110 hits and he has driven in 29 men in 445 at bats. His OPS+ is 81 while his slugging percentage is at .396. The Blue Jays have 981 hits, including 191 doubles and 165 home runs. Toronto has walked 416 times so far this season and they have struck out 949 times as a unit. They have left 800 men on base and have a team OPS of .728. They score 4.27 runs per contest and have scored a total of 517 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 63-57 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.33, Jose Quintana has a 7-10 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 147 strikeouts over the 139.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 126 hits. He allows 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.63 and they have given up 327 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 450 batters and walked 194 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 4.03. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 953 base knocks and 479 earned runs this season. They have given up 147 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 423 hitters and struck out 1,050 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.29 while their FIP as a staff is 4.28.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 20th in the league. The Cubs hold a .439 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Javier Baez comes into this matchup batting .269 with an OBP of .308. He has 92 hits this year along with 55 RBI in 342 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .500 with an OPS+ of 105. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .268 this season and he has an OBP of .387. He has collected 117 hits in 436 at bats while driving in 81 runs. He has an OPS+ of 132 and a slugging percentage of .518. The Cubs as a unit have 1,015 base hits, including 201 doubles and 175 homers. Chicago has walked 448 times this year and they have struck out on 1,028 occasions. They have had 845 men left on base and have an OPS of .771. They have scored 4.83 runs per game and totaled 580 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs -247
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