San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs MLB Picks and Tips 8/20/2019
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Get todays MLB odds and lines on this game.
Probable Pitchers: Tyler Beede vs. Cole Hamels
Kevin Pillar and the San Francisco Giants (63-62, 2nd in NL West) travel to Wrigley Field on Tuesday where they'll take on the Chicago Cubs (66-58, 2nd in NL Central). The line on this game has the Giants coming in at +185 and the Cubs are at -200. The O/U has been set at 10.
The Giants have been a pretty good play for MLB wagerers, having gone 63-62-0 SU. Chicago is covering 53.2% of the time, going 66-58-0 straight up.
Valuable San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The Giants have been a pretty good Over play for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 61-58-6.
The Giants are covering 54.0% of the time as the road team, having gone 34-29-0 straight up.
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago is covering 68.3% of the time at Wrigley Field, going 41-19-0 SU.
The Cubs have been a hot and cold Over play for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 57-62-5.
Key San Francisco Giants Injuries
8/18/2019 Shaun Anderson SP Finger Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
8/14/2019 Johnny Cueto SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/14/2019 Pablo Sandoval 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/9/2019 Steven Duggar CF Shoulder Out for the season
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
8/16/2019 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/14/2019 Allen Webster RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/11/2019 Brandon Morrow RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/10/2019 Steve Cishek RP Hip Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/8/2019 Xavier Cedeno RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/5/2019 Willson Contreras C Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
2/19/2019 Kendall Graveman SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Giants have a 63-62 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Tyler Beede has a 3-7 record with an earned run average of 5.77 and a WHIP of 1.60 this season. He has 81 strikeouts over his 82.2 innings pitched and he's given up 96 hits. He's allowed 10.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.42. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.89 and they have given up 428 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the bullpen and they've struck out 471 hitters and walked 168 batters. As a team, San Francisco allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.41. The Giants pitchers collectively have given up 1,093 base hits and 555 earned runs. They have allowed 179 home runs this season, ranking them 13th in the league. San Francisco as a pitching staff has walked 391 batters and struck out 1,074. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.55.
As a team San Francisco is hitting .242, good for 27th in the league. The Giants hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Kevin Pillar is hitting .261 with an on-base percentage of .290. He has 122 hits this season in 467 at bats with 68 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .445 and an OPS+ of 91. Brandon Belt is hitting .230 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .344. He has totaled 94 hits and he has driven in 48 men in 409 at bats. His OPS+ is 96 while his slugging percentage is at .391. The Giants have 1,038 hits, including 248 doubles and 135 home runs. San Francisco has walked 379 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,080 times as a unit. They have left 808 men on base and have a team OPS of .712. They score 4.38 runs per contest and have scored a total of 548 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 66-58 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.69, Cole Hamels has a 6-4 record and a 1.32 WHIP. He has 107 strikeouts over the 109.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 106 hits. He's allowing 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.72. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.16 and they have given up 367 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 399 batters and walked 186 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 4.06. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,041 base knocks and 497 earned runs this season. They have given up 156 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 389 hitters and struck out 1,076 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 4.32.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 16th in the league. The Cubs hold a .450 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this matchup batting .289 with an OBP of .389. He has 128 hits this year along with 61 RBI in 443 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .535 with an OPS+ of 134. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .283 this season and he has an OBP of .395. He has collected 122 hits in 431 at bats while driving in 77 runs. He has an OPS+ of 131 and a slugging percentage of .510. The Cubs as a unit have 1,054 base hits, including 204 doubles and 194 homers. Chicago has walked 450 times this year and they have struck out on 1,122 occasions. They have had 832 men left on base and have an OPS of .781. They have scored 4.92 runs per game and totaled 610 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Giants/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Giants
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