Oakland Athletics at Chicago Cubs MLB Game Picks 8/6/2019
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Brett Anderson vs. Jon Lester
Wrigley Field is the venue where Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs (60-51, 1st in NL Central) will take on the Oakland Athletics (64-48, 2nd in AL West) on Tuesday.
The Athletics have been lousy for Las Vegas oddsmakers, having gone 64-48-0 SU. Chicago is covering 54.0% of the time, going 60-51-0 straight up.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Athletics have been an inconsistent Over option for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 52-60-0.
Oakland is covering 51.9% of the time as the road team, having gone 27-25-0 straight up.
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago is covering 68.4% of the time at Wrigley Field, going 39-18-0 SU.
The Cubs have been an inconsistent Over option for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 51-57-3.
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
8/5/2019 Sean Manaea SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
7/31/2019 Ramon Laureano CF Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
7/31/2019 Josh Phegley C Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 9
7/16/2019 Marco Estrada SP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
5/15/2019 Daniel Gossett RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
8/4/2019 Kris Bryant 3B Knee Probable for Aug 5
8/4/2019 Yu Darvish SP Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 9
8/4/2019 Willson Contreras C Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
8/3/2019 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Aug 9
8/2/2019 Allen Webster RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 10
7/30/2019 Pedro Strop RP Neck Expected to be out until at least Aug 6
7/30/2019 Xavier Cedeno RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 8
7/20/2019 Brandon Morrow RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 10
2/19/2019 Kendall Graveman SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 64-48 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Brett Anderson has a 9-7 record with an earned run average of 4.04 and a WHIP of 1.27 this season. He has 64 strikeouts over his 127 innings pitched and he's given up 126 hits. He's allowed 8.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.67. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.97 and they have given up 363 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the bullpen and they've struck out 402 hitters and walked 163 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 4.06. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 938 base hits and 461 earned runs. They have allowed 129 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 358 batters and struck out 873. They have walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 4.34.
As a team Oakland is hitting .246, good for 20th in the league. The Athletics hold a .441 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Marcus Semien is hitting .275 with an on-base percentage of .362. He has 125 hits this season in 455 at bats with 52 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .468 and an OPS+ of 123. Matt Chapman is hitting .257 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .343. He has totaled 105 hits and he has driven in 64 men in 408 at bats. His OPS+ is 128 while his slugging percentage is at .515. The Athletics have 951 hits, including 201 doubles and 175 home runs. Oakland has walked 388 times so far this season and they have struck out 891 times as a unit. They have left 743 men on base and have a team OPS of .763. They score 5.05 runs per contest and have scored a total of 571 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 60-51 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.86, Jon Lester has a 9-7 record and a 1.35 WHIP. He has 116 strikeouts over the 119 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 134 hits. He's allowing 10.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.99. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.13 and they have given up 328 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 356 batters and walked 170 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.96. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 930 base knocks and 436 earned runs this season. They have given up 134 home runs this year, which ranks 26th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 354 hitters and struck out 958 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 4.26.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 15th in the league. The Cubs hold a .448 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this matchup batting .287 with an OBP of .388. He has 113 hits this year along with 51 RBI in 394 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .528 with an OPS+ of 134. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .286 this season and he has an OBP of .391. He has collected 112 hits in 392 at bats while driving in 71 runs. He has an OPS+ of 133 and a slugging percentage of .518. The Cubs as a unit have 943 base hits, including 182 doubles and 171 homers. Chicago has walked 409 times this year and they have struck out on 1,014 occasions. They have had 744 men left on base and have an OPS of .780. They have scored 4.95 runs per game and totaled 550 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs
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