Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox 9/22/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Jon Lester vs. Lucas Giolito
The Chicago Cubs visit Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday, September 22, 2018 to play the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Jon Lester for the Cubs and Lucas Giolito for the White Sox.
The opening line for this matchup has the Cubs at -170 and the Sox at +150. The Cubs have a 68-82-2 over/under record and a 76-76-0 run line mark. The White Sox are 80-72-0 against the run line and have a 70-74-8 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 68-82-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 76-76-0 against the run line
Important Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 70-74-8 against the over/under
The Chicago White Sox are 80-72-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
09/18/18 P Brandon Morrow Biceps is out for season
09/06/18 RF Mark Zagunis Shoulder 60-day DL (09/04)
08/30/18 C Bobby Wilson Ankle 10-day DL (08/24)
07/21/18 P Anthony Bass Back 10-day DL (07/21)
06/27/18 P Justin Hancock Shoulder 60-day DL (06/26)
06/24/18 P Rob Zastryzny Back 10-day DL (06/24)
05/26/18 P Yu Darvish Triceps 60-day DL (05/23)
03/26/18 P Drew Smyly Elbow 60-day DL (02/16)
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
09/20/18 1B Jose Abreu Thigh is out indefinitely
09/09/18 P Michael Kopech Elbow 60-day DL (09/09)
08/21/18 CF Leury Garcia Ribs 10-day DL (08/21)
04/24/18 P Danny Farquhar Head 60-day DL (04/21)
04/23/18 P Miguel Gonzalez Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (04/23)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 89-63 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jon Lester has a 16-6 record with an earned run average of 3.43 and a WHIP of 1.31 this season. He has 142 strikeouts over his 170.2 innings pitched and he's given up 163 hits. He's allowed 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.4. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.30 and they have given up 454 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen and they've struck out 527 hitters and walked 251 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.65. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 1,222 base hits and 559 earned runs. They have allowed 149 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 589 batters and struck out 1,247. They have walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.16.
As a team Chicago is hitting .259, good for 4th in the league. The Cubs hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .334, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .276 with an on-base percentage of .372. He has 145 hits this season in 526 at bats with 95 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .464 and an OPS+ of 118. Javier Baez is hitting .294 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .329. He has totaled 165 hits and he has driven in 107 men in 561 at bats. His OPS+ is 130 while his slugging percentage is at .569. The Cubs have 1,358 hits, including 268 doubles and 159 home runs. Chicago has walked 541 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,303 times as a unit. They have left 1,146 men on base and have a team OPS of .747. They score 4.68 runs per contest and have scored a total of 712 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 60-92 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.77, Lucas Giolito has a 10-11 record and a 1.43 WHIP. He has 118 strikeouts over the 165.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 154 hits. He's allowing 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.55. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.48 and they have given up 500 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 541 batters and walked 233 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.73. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,298 base knocks and 710 earned runs this season. They have given up 186 home runs this year, which ranks 10th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 609 hitters and struck out 1,177 batters. They give up a walk 4.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.41 while their FIP as a staff is 4.74.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 22nd in the league. The White Sox hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Carlos Sanchez comes into this matchup batting .248 with an OBP of .315. He has 139 hits this year along with 52 RBI in 561 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .381 with an OPS+ of 93. Tim Anderson is hitting .242 this season and he has an OBP of .282. He has collected 132 hits in 546 at bats while driving in 62 runs. He has an OPS+ of 89 and a slugging percentage of .407. The White Sox as a unit have 1,256 base hits, including 246 doubles and 176 homers. Chicago has walked 402 times this year and they have struck out on 1,485 occasions. They have had 984 men left on base and have an OPS of .709. They have scored 4.1 runs per game and totaled 623 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cubs -170
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