Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs 5/23/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Adam Plutko vs. Jon Lester
Wrigley Field is the site of the matchup between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Adam Plutko for the Indians and Jon Lester for the Cubs.
Cleveland opens at +152 while Chicago opens at -162. The Indians have a 23-21-1 over/under record and a 18-27-0 run line mark. The Cubs are 22-22-0 against the run line and have a 19-23-2 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 23-21-1 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 18-27-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 19-23-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 22-22-0 against the run line
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
05/15/18 CF Bradley Zimmer Chest 10-day DL (05/12)
05/13/18 CF Tyler Naquin Hamstring 10-day DL (05/12)
05/04/18 P Danny Salazar Shoulder 60-day DL (03/26)
05/03/18 P Nick Goody Elbow 10-day DL (05/03)
04/08/18 RF Lonnie Chisenhall Calf 10-day DL (04/08)
03/26/18 P Cody Anderson Elbow 60-day DL (02/25)
03/26/18 P Ryan Merritt Knee 60-day DL (03/26)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
04/21/18 P Eddie Butler Groin 10-day DL (04/20)
03/26/18 P Drew Smyly Elbow 60-day DL (02/16)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 22-23 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Adam Plutko has a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 3.68 and a WHIP of 0.82 this year. He has 6 strikeouts over his 7.1 innings pitched and he's given up 6 hits. He's allowed 7.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.8. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.72 and they have given up 119 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the bullpen and they've struck out 117 hitters and walked 45 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.06. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 372 base hits and 184 earned runs. They have allowed 63 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 113 batters and struck out 392. They have walked 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.19 and their FIP as a unit is 4.16.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .245, good for 14th in the league. The Indians hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Francisco Lindor is hitting .298 with an on-base percentage of .370. He has 56 hits this season in 188 at bats with 27 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .564 and an OPS+ of 143. Jose Ramirez is hitting .295 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .384. He has totaled 51 hits and he has driven in 31 men in 173 at bats. His OPS+ is 156 while his slugging percentage is at .601. The Indians have 386 hits, including 83 doubles and 67 home runs. Cleveland has walked 145 times so far this season and they have struck out 387 times as a unit. They have left 309 men on base and have a team OPS of .746. They score 4.76 runs per contest and have scored a total of 214 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 25-19 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.52, Jon Lester has a 4-1 record and a 1.22 WHIP this season. He has 44 strikeouts over the 50 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 40 hits. He allows 7.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.36. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.62 and they have given up 115 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .195 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 167 batters and walked 81 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.28. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 320 base knocks and 147 earned runs this season. They have given up 43 home runs this year, which ranks 26th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 193 hitters and struck out 392 batters. They give up a walk 4.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.13.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 6th in the league. The Cubs hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .341, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.2 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this matchup batting .305 with an OBP of .427. He has 46 hits this year along with 24 RBI in 151 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .583 with an OPS+ of 169. Javier Baez is hitting .268 this season and he has an OBP of .299. He has collected 45 hits in 168 at bats while driving in 38 runs. He has an OPS+ of 126 and a slugging percentage of .565. The Cubs as a unit have 405 base hits, including 86 doubles and 51 homers. Chicago has walked 172 times this year and they have struck out on 368 occasions. They have had 352 men left on base and have an OPS of .773. They have scored 5.39 runs per game and totaled 237 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians +152
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