Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs MLB Tips 5/20/2019
Monday, May 20, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Jake Arrieta vs. Yu Darvish
Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs (26-17, 1st in NL Central) play the Philadelphia Phillies (26-19, 1st in NL East) at Wrigley Field on Monday, May 20, 2019. The odds on this game have the Phillies coming in at +116 and the Cubs are at -126. The O/U opens at 9.5.
The Phillies have been a great bet for MLB bettors, having gone 26-19-0 SU. The Cubs are covering 60.5% of the time, going 26-17-0 straight up. The Cubs have been terrible for Vegas as a favorite, going 21-8-0 SU. Philadelphia covers 42.9% of the time as an underdog, having gone 3-4-0 straight up.
Valuable Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Phillies have been an excellent Under choice for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 18-26-1.
Philadelphia covers 50.0% of the time away from home, having gone 9-9-0 straight up.
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs are covering 71.4% of the time at Wrigley Field, going 15-6-0 SU.
The Cubs have been a good Over choice for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 22-21-0.
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 2B Scott Kingery Hamstring 10-day IL (04/20)
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
05/11/19 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 26-19 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta has a 4-4 record with an earned run average of 4.02 and a WHIP of 1.34 this season. He has 47 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 4.68. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.81 and they have given up 149 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the bullpen and they've struck out 156 hitters and walked 61 batters. As a team, Philadelphia allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.92. The Phillies pitchers collectively have given up 403 base hits and 178 earned runs. They have allowed 60 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Philadelphia as a pitching staff has walked 152 batters and struck out 388. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.38.
As a team Philadelphia is hitting .243, good for 19th in the league. The Phillies hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Cesar Hernandez is hitting .301 with an on-base percentage of .366. He has 49 hits this season in 163 at bats with 18 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .460 and an OPS+ of 118. Rhys Hoskins is hitting .267 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .390. He has totaled 43 hits and he has driven in 36 men in 161 at bats. His OPS+ is 143 while his slugging percentage is at .540. The Phillies have 372 hits, including 92 doubles and 49 home runs. Philadelphia has walked 182 times so far this season and they have struck out 392 times as a unit. They have left 326 men on base and have a team OPS of .736. They score 4.93 runs per contest and have scored a total of 222 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 26-17 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.14, Yu Darvish has a 2-3 record and a 1.62 WHIP. He has 55 strikeouts over the 42 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 35 hits. He's allowing 7.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.53. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.94 and they have given up 126 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 153 batters and walked 89 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.56. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 345 base knocks and 155 earned runs this season. They have given up 46 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 174 hitters and struck out 390 batters. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.05.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 9th in the league. The Cubs hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .344, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Javier Baez comes into this matchup batting .324 with an OBP of .364. He has 59 hits this year along with 30 RBI in 182 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .604 with an OPS+ of 150. Willson Contreras is hitting .321 this season and he has an OBP of .420. He has collected 42 hits in 131 at bats while driving in 29 runs. He has an OPS+ of 172 and a slugging percentage of .626. The Cubs as a unit have 376 base hits, including 76 doubles and 68 homers. Chicago has walked 183 times this year and they have struck out on 393 occasions. They have had 309 men left on base and have an OPS of .794. They have scored 5.4 runs per game and totaled 232 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Phillies/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cubs -126
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