Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 9/25/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Friday, September 25, 2020
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Cubs (-145) White Sox (+134)
Eloy Jimenez and the Chicago White Sox (34-22, 2nd in AL Central) host the Chicago Cubs (32-25, 1st in NL Central) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday. The Cubs open this matchup at -145 while the White Sox are coming in at +134. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Yu Darvish and Dylan Cease.
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
9/24/2020 Kris Bryant 3B Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/24/2020 Ian Happ CF Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/23/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/21/2020 Tyler Chatwood SP Forearm Out for the season
9/21/2020 Ildemaro Vargas 2B Hamstring Out for the season
9/20/2020 Brad Wieck RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/20/2020 Rowan Wick RP Oblique Out for the season
9/20/2020 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
9/24/2020 Alex Colome RP Back Probable for Sep 24
9/21/2020 Jimmy Lambert RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/18/2020 Evan Marshall RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
8/15/2020 Leury Garcia SS Thumb Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 32-25 overall record this season. Darvish (70-56 win-loss mark in his career) holds a FIP of 3.50 while he has gone up against 4,627 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.49 (434 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.163. He has surrendered 906 base knocks (7.3 hits per 9 innings) and has had 397 walks. Darvish has thrown 1,120 frames and has earned 1,387 punchouts during his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.13 and they have given up 140 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .185 against the bullpen and they've struck out 212 hitters and walked 91 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.83. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 413 base hits and 206 earned runs. They have allowed 66 home runs this season, ranking them 19th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 166 batters and struck out 488. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 4.07.
As a team Chicago is hitting .222, good for 27th in the league. The Cubs hold a .384 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.1 hits per game. Ian Happ is hitting .257 with an on-base percentage of .360. He has 49 hits this season in 191 at bats with 28 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .513 and an OPS+ of 133. Jason Heyward is hitting .287 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .414. He has totaled 39 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 136 at bats. His OPS+ is 144 while his slugging percentage is at .493. The Cubs have 397 hits, including 79 doubles and 65 home runs. Chicago has walked 211 times so far this season and they have struck out 536 times as a unit. They have left 386 men on base and have a team OPS of .702. They score 4.29 runs per contest and have scored a total of 240 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cease (9-10 win-loss record in his career) holds a 4.85 earned run average while conceding 8.8 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.79 and he has faced 560 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. During his MLB career, Cease has surrendered 123 base knocks while he has totaled 120 strikeouts in 126 innings. He has surrendered 68 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.506 and being the owner of a FIP of 5.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.69 and they have given up 190 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 232 batters and walked 86 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.6. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 415 base knocks and 197 earned runs this season. They have given up 62 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 200 hitters and struck out 495 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.14.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 5th in the league. The White Sox hold a .459 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Eloy Jimenez comes into this matchup batting .295 with an OBP of .332. He has 62 hits this year along with 41 RBI in 210 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .557 with an OPS+ of 140. Luis Robert is hitting .220 this season and he has an OBP of .291. He has collected 42 hits in 191 at bats while driving in 30 runs. He has an OPS+ of 97 and a slugging percentage of .435. The White Sox as a unit have 506 base hits, including 90 doubles and 91 homers. Chicago has walked 163 times this year and they have struck out on 533 occasions. They have had 377 men left on base and have an OPS of .786. They have scored 5.09 runs per game and totaled 285 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cubs (-145)
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