Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates 8/17/2018 Free MLB Parlay
Friday, August 17, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Trevor Williams
The Chicago Cubs visit PNC Park on Friday, August 17, 2018 to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable starters are Cole Hamels for the Cubs and Trevor Williams for the Pirates.
The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at -140 and Pittsburgh at +130. The Cubs have a 55-62-2 over/under record and a 61-58-0 run line mark. The Pirates are 58-63-0 against the run line and have a 59-55-7 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 55-62-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 61-58-0 against the run line
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 59-55-7 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 58-63-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
08/03/18 P Brian Duensing Shoulder 10-day DL (08/03)
07/26/18 3B Kris Bryant Shoulder 10-day DL (07/24)
07/21/18 P Anthony Bass Back 10-day DL (07/21)
07/19/18 P Brandon Morrow Biceps 10-day DL (07/18)
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 Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
08/15/18 SS Jordy Mercer Calf is "?" Thursday vs Chicago Cubs
08/15/18 CF Starling Marte Illness is "?" Thursday vs Chicago Cubs
08/08/18 RF Sean Rodriguez Abdominal 10-day DL (08/06)
06/29/18 P Chad Kuhl Forearm 60-day DL (06/27)
06/29/18 P Nik Turley Arm 60-day DL (06/29)
03/26/18 P A.J. Schugel Shoulder 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Nick Burdi Elbow 60-day DL (02/20)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 69-50 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 7-9 record with an earned run average of 4.22 and a WHIP of 1.30 this year. He has 134 strikeouts over his 132.1 innings pitched and he's given up 126 hits. He allows 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.75. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.32 and they have given up 361 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen and they've struck out 433 hitters and walked 207 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.85. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 964 base hits and 462 earned runs. They have allowed 126 home runs this season, ranking them 22nd in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 488 batters and struck out 979. They have walked 4.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.34.
As a team Chicago is hitting .264, good for 2nd in the league. The Cubs hold a .420 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .343, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.2 hits per game. Willson Contreras is hitting .271 with an on-base percentage of .360. He has 99 hits this season in 365 at bats with 41 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .430 and an OPS+ of 107. Javier Baez is hitting .293 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .325. He has totaled 128 hits and he has driven in 89 men in 437 at bats. His OPS+ is 131 while his slugging percentage is at .574. The Cubs have 1,091 hits, including 219 doubles and 124 home runs. Chicago has walked 450 times so far this season and they have struck out 993 times as a unit. They have left 924 men on base and have a team OPS of .763. They score 4.91 runs per contest and have scored a total of 584 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 61-60 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.66, Trevor Williams has a 10-8 record and a 1.24 WHIP this year. He has 82 strikeouts over the 123 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 112 hits. He allows 8.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP is at 4.27. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.24 and they have given up 399 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 435 batters and walked 182 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.23. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,066 base knocks and 504 earned runs this season. They have given up 124 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 387 hitters and struck out 967 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 4.08.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 8th in the league. The Pirates hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Starling Marte comes into this matchup batting .276 with an OBP of .320. He has 113 hits this year along with 57 RBI in 409 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .469 with an OPS+ of 114. Josh Harrison is hitting .260 this season and he has an OBP of .302. He has collected 77 hits in 296 at bats while driving in 32 runs. He has an OPS+ of 83 and a slugging percentage of .368. The Pirates as a unit have 1,046 base hits, including 208 doubles and 127 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 362 times this year and they have struck out on 928 occasions. They have had 806 men left on base and have an OPS of .735. They have scored 4.55 runs per game and totaled 550 runs this season.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Cubs -140 and over 8.5 total runs
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