Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies 4/21/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Yu Darvish vs. Tyler Anderson
The Chicago Cubs head to Coors Field on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to take on the Colorado Rockies. The expected starting pitchers are Yu Darvish for the Cubs and Tyler Anderson for the Rockies.
The odds for this matchup have Chicago at -131 and Colorado at +121. The Cubs have a 7-8-1 over/under mark and a 8-8-0 run line record. The Rockies are 11-9-0 against the run line and have a 9-9-2 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 7-8-1 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 8-8-0 against the run line
Important Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Colorado Rockies are 9-9-2 against the over/under
The Colorado Rockies are 11-9-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
04/19/18 2B Ben Zobrist Back is "?" Friday vs Colorado Rockies
03/26/18 P Drew Smyly Elbow 60-day DL (02/16)
Key Colorado Rockies Injuries
04/19/18 3B Nolan Arenado Suspension Served is in the starting lineup Friday vs Chicago Cubs
04/18/18 RF Carlos Gonzalez Hamstring left last game, is "?" Friday vs Chicago Cubs
03/30/18 P Zac Rosscup Finger 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Carlos Estevez Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jeff Hoffman Shoulder 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Rayan Gonzalez Elbow 60-day DL (03/12)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 8-8 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Yu Darvish has a 0-1 record with an earned run average of 6.00 and a WHIP of 1.53 this year. He has 17 strikeouts over his 15 innings pitched and he's given up 16 hits. He allows 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.27. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.66 and they have given up 51 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .204 against the bullpen and they've struck out 69 hitters and walked 31 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.9. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 134 base hits and 65 earned runs. They have allowed 15 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 77 batters and struck out 144. They have walked 4.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.41 and their FIP as a unit is 4.22.
As a team Chicago is hitting .245, good for 9th in the league. The Cubs hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .341, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Willson Contreras is hitting .283 with an on-base percentage of .368. He has 17 hits this season in 60 at bats with 3 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .400 and an OPS+ of 110. Kris Bryant is hitting .328 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .468. He has totaled 20 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 61 at bats. His OPS+ is 179 while his slugging percentage is at .557. The Cubs have 142 hits, including 32 doubles and 17 home runs. Chicago has walked 66 times so far this season and they have struck out 148 times as a unit. They have left 139 men on base and have a team OPS of .754. They score 5.19 runs per contest and have scored a total of 83 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Colorado has a 11-9 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.74, Tyler Anderson has a 0-0 record and a 1.58 WHIP this season. He has 21 strikeouts over the 19 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 18 hits. He allows 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.87. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.02 and they have given up 57 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Rockies bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 71 batters and walked 24 opposing hitters. As a team, Colorado allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.24. The Rockies pitchers as a team have surrendered 156 base knocks and 83 earned runs this season. They have given up 22 home runs this year, which ranks 10th in Major League Baseball. Colorado as a staff has walked 72 hitters and struck out 163 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 4.27.
As a team, they are batting .214, good for 29th in the league. The Rockies hold a .381 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .285, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 7.1 hits per contest. Nolan Arenado comes into this matchup batting .288 with an OBP of .387. He has 15 hits this year along with 6 RBI in 52 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .462 with an OPS+ of 122. Charlie Blackmon is hitting .293 this season and he has an OBP of .379. He has collected 17 hits in 58 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 178 and a slugging percentage of .707. The Rockies as a unit have 141 base hits, including 25 doubles and 27 homers. Colorado has walked 64 times this year and they have struck out on 184 occasions. They have had 116 men left on base and have an OPS of .666. They have scored 3.8 runs per game and totaled 76 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Rockies MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rockies +121
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