Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves 5/15/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Yu Darvish vs. Mike Foltynewicz
The Chicago Cubs visit SunTrust Park on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 to play the Atlanta Braves. The probable starters are Yu Darvish for the Cubs and Mike Foltynewicz for the Braves.
The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at -129 and Atlanta at +119. The Cubs have a 16-20-1 over/under record and a 19-18-0 run line mark. The Braves are 23-16-0 against the run line and have a 19-17-3 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 16-20-1 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 19-18-0 against the run line
Important Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 19-17-3 against the over/under
The Atlanta Braves are 23-16-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
05/14/18 P Yu Darvish Virus 10-day DL (05/05); expected to be activated & start Tuesday vs Atlanta Braves
05/08/18 RF Jason Heyward Concussion 7-day DL (05/08)
04/21/18 P Eddie Butler Groin 10-day DL (04/20)
03/26/18 P Drew Smyly Elbow 60-day DL (02/16)
Key Atlanta Braves Injuries
05/04/18 SS Dansby Swanson Wrist 10-day DL (05/04)
04/18/18 P Anibal Sanchez Leg 10-day DL (04/18)
04/18/18 P Jose Ramirez Shoulder 10-day DL (04/18)
03/30/18 P Chase Whitley Heel 10-day DL (03/26)
03/30/18 P Jacob Lindgren Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Grant Dayton Elbow 60-day DL (02/14)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 21-16 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Yu Darvish has a 0-3 record with an earned run average of 6.00 and a WHIP of 1.57 this season. He has 37 strikeouts over his 30 innings pitched and he's given up 31 hits. He's allowed 9.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.08. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.77 and they have given up 105 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .206 against the bullpen and they've struck out 137 hitters and walked 63 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.41. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 283 base hits and 129 earned runs. They have allowed 37 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 158 batters and struck out 321. They have walked 4.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 4.20.
As a team Chicago is hitting .255, good for 10th in the league. The Cubs hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .334, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.1 hits per game. Kris Bryant is hitting .285 with an on-base percentage of .422. He has 35 hits this season in 123 at bats with 19 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .577 and an OPS+ of 166. Javier Baez is hitting .282 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .318. He has totaled 40 hits and he has driven in 36 men in 142 at bats. His OPS+ is 143 while his slugging percentage is at .613. The Cubs have 335 hits, including 71 doubles and 44 home runs. Chicago has walked 131 times so far this season and they have struck out 309 times as a unit. They have left 284 men on base and have a team OPS of .765. They score 5.41 runs per contest and have scored a total of 200 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Atlanta has a 24-15 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.21, Mike Foltynewicz has a 3-2 record and a 1.31 WHIP. He has 47 strikeouts over the 42 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 36 hits. He's allowing 7.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.58. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.61 and they have given up 115 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Braves bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 152 batters and walked 87 opposing hitters. As a team, Atlanta allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.53. The Braves pitchers as a team have surrendered 311 base knocks and 140 earned runs this season. They have given up 33 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Atlanta as a staff has walked 171 hitters and struck out 360 batters. They give up a walk 4.3 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 3.85.
As a team, they are batting .269, good for 1st in the league. The Braves hold a .442 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.6 hits per contest. Freddie Freeman comes into this matchup batting .331 with an OBP of .433. He has 49 hits this year along with 31 RBI in 148 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .588 with an OPS+ of 179. Nick Markakis is hitting .344 this season and he has an OBP of .416. He has collected 54 hits in 157 at bats while driving in 30 runs. He has an OPS+ of 162 and a slugging percentage of .541. The Braves as a unit have 376 base hits, including 81 doubles and 49 homers. Atlanta has walked 135 times this year and they have struck out on 308 occasions. They have had 285 men left on base and have an OPS of .780. They have scored 5.46 runs per game and totaled 213 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Braves MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Braves +119
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