Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs Baseball Betting Tips 5/21/2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Zach Eflin vs. Jose Quintana
Wrigley Field is the venue where Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs (27-17, 1st in NL Central) will take on the Philadelphia Phillies (27-19, 1st in NL East) on Tuesday. The line on this matchup has the Phillies priced at +123 and the Cubs are at -133. The total has been set at 9.
The Phillies have been a great bet for bettors, having gone 27-19-0 SU. Chicago covers 61.4% of the time, going 27-17-0 straight up. The Cubs have been a great bet for bettors as favorites, going 22-8-0 SU. The Phillies cover 42.9% of the time as an underdog, having gone 3-4-0 straight up.
Valuable Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Phillies have been a great Under option for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 19-26-1.
Philadelphia covers 50.0% of the time as the visitor, having gone 9-9-0 straight up.
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs cover 71.4% of the time at Wrigley Field, going 15-6-0 SU.
The Cubs have been a less than ideal Under option for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 23-21-0.
Key Philadelphia Phillies Injuries
05/14/19 P Edubray Ramos Shoulder 10-day IL (05/13)
05/11/19 P Vince Velasquez Forearm 10-day IL (05/07)
04/25/19 CF Roman Quinn Groin 10-day IL (04/25)
04/20/19 P Victor Arano Elbow 10-day IL (04/19)
04/17/19 P Tommy Hunter Forearm 60-day IL (03/25)
04/15/19 P David Robertson Elbow 10-day IL (04/15)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
05/19/19 2B Javier Baez Ankle left last game, is questionable Monday vs Philadelphia Phillies
05/11/19 P Allen Webster Arm 10-day IL (05/11)
05/08/19 2B Ben Zobrist Personal is out indefinitely
05/08/19 P Pedro Strop Hamstring 10-day IL (05/07)
05/02/19 P Brandon Morrow Elbow 60-day IL (05/02)
03/25/19 P Kendall Graveman Elbow 60-day IL (03/25)
03/25/19 P Tony Barnette Shoulder 60-day IL (03/25)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Phillies have a 27-19 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Zach Eflin has a 5-4 record with an earned run average of 2.89 and a WHIP of 1.09 this season. He has 45 strikeouts over his 56 innings pitched and he's given up 52 hits. He's allowed 8.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.99. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.77 and they have given up 152 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen and they've struck out 160 hitters and walked 61 batters. As a team, Philadelphia allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.94. The Phillies pitchers collectively have given up 410 base hits and 183 earned runs. They have allowed 64 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Philadelphia as a pitching staff has walked 153 batters and struck out 397. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.45.
As a team Philadelphia is hitting .244, good for 18th in the league. The Phillies hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Cesar Hernandez is hitting .301 with an on-base percentage of .369. He has 50 hits this season in 166 at bats with 18 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .458 and an OPS+ of 118. Rhys Hoskins is hitting .261 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .382. He has totaled 43 hits and he has driven in 36 men in 165 at bats. His OPS+ is 138 while his slugging percentage is at .527. The Phillies have 381 hits, including 92 doubles and 51 home runs. Philadelphia has walked 189 times so far this season and they have struck out 399 times as a unit. They have left 334 men on base and have a team OPS of .739. They score 4.98 runs per contest and have scored a total of 229 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 27-17 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.68, Jose Quintana has a 4-3 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 50 strikeouts over the 51.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 50 hits. He's allowing 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.8. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.92 and they have given up 129 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 156 batters and walked 89 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.59. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 354 base knocks and 160 earned runs this season. They have given up 48 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 176 hitters and struck out 397 batters. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.06.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 9th in the league. The Cubs hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .345, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 8.8 hits per contest. Javier Baez comes into this matchup batting .319 with an OBP of .359. He has 59 hits this year along with 31 RBI in 185 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .595 with an OPS+ of 147. Willson Contreras is hitting .321 this season and he has an OBP of .426. He has collected 43 hits in 134 at bats while driving in 29 runs. He has an OPS+ of 175 and a slugging percentage of .627. The Cubs as a unit have 385 base hits, including 79 doubles and 69 homers. Chicago has walked 188 times this year and they have struck out on 400 occasions. They have had 318 men left on base and have an OPS of .796. They have scored 5.41 runs per game and totaled 238 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Phillies/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs -133
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