Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 9/26/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Cubs (+117) White Sox (-127)
Guaranteed Rate Field is the site where Luis Robert and the Chicago White Sox (34-23, 2nd in AL Central) will take on the Chicago Cubs (32-25, 1st in NL Central) on Saturday. The Cubs open this contest at +117 while the White Sox are priced at -127. The total opens at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Jon Lester and Dane Dunning.
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
9/24/2020 Ian Happ CF Ankle Probable for Sep 25
9/24/2020 Kris Bryant 3B Oblique Probable for 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 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/20/2020 Rowan Wick RP Oblique Out for the season
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
9/25/2020 Alex Colome RP Back Probable for Sep 25
9/24/2020 Eloy Jimenez LF Foot Probable for Sep 25
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. Lester has thrown 2,594 innings and has 2,394 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.58 (1,033 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.264. He has given up 2,445 base hits (8.5 hits per nine innings) with 834 walks. Lester (193-110 career mark) sits with a FIP of 3.76 while he has gone up against 10,840 batters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.18 and they have given up 146 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .189 against the bullpen and they've struck out 217 hitters and walked 92 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.89. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 427 base hits and 213 earned runs. They have allowed 70 home runs this season, ranking them 17th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 168 batters and struck out 495. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 4.15.
As a team Chicago is hitting .220, good for 27th in the league. The Cubs hold a .381 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.0 hits per game. Jason Heyward is hitting .283 with an on-base percentage of .413. He has 39 hits this season in 138 at bats with 22 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .486 and an OPS+ of 142. Ian Happ is hitting .257 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .360. He has totaled 49 hits and he has driven in 28 men in 191 at bats. His OPS+ is 133 while his slugging percentage is at .513. The Cubs have 399 hits, including 81 doubles and 65 home runs. Chicago has walked 214 times so far this season and they have struck out 544 times as a unit. They have left 391 men on base and have a team OPS of .697. They score 4.21 runs per contest and have scored a total of 240 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Dunning has surrendered 22 base knocks while he has earned 33 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 11 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.032 and having a FIP of 3.4. His SO/W ratio is 3.30 and he has faced 127 opposing batters so far in his MLB career. Dunning (2-0 win-loss mark) has earned a 3.19 ERA and has conceded 6.4 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.82 and they have given up 196 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .207 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 233 batters and walked 86 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.64. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 425 base knocks and 202 earned runs this season. They have given up 62 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 202 hitters and struck out 499 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.13.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 5th in the league. The White Sox hold a .457 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Luis Robert comes into this matchup batting .220 with an OBP of .291. He has 42 hits this year along with 30 RBI in 191 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .435 with an OPS+ of 97. Eloy Jimenez is hitting .296 this season and he has an OBP of .332. He has collected 63 hits in 213 at bats while driving in 41 runs. He has an OPS+ of 140 and a slugging percentage of .559. The White Sox as a unit have 510 base hits, including 91 doubles and 92 homers. Chicago has walked 165 times this year and they have struck out on 543 occasions. They have had 378 men left on base and have an OPS of .782. They have scored 5.07 runs per game and totaled 289 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cubs (+117)
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