Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 9/27/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Cubs (+113) White Sox (-123)
José Abreu and the Chicago White Sox (34-24, 2nd in AL Central) host the Chicago Cubs (33-25, 1st in NL Central) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday. The White Sox open this matchup at -123 while the Cubs are priced at +113. The total opens at 10. The starting pitchers will be Adbert Alzolay and Reynaldo Lopez.
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
9/26/2020 Brad Wieck RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 26
9/26/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 26
9/26/2020 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 26
9/25/2020 David Bote 3B Undisclosed Probable for Sep 26
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 Rowan Wick RP Oblique Out for the season
9/20/2020 Manuel Rodriguez RP Biceps Out for the season
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
9/26/2020 Eloy Jimenez LF Foot Out for the season
9/26/2020 Jimmy Lambert RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 26
9/26/2020 Alex Colome RP Back Probable for Sep 26
8/15/2020 Leury Garcia SS Thumb Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 33-25 overall record this season. Alzolay (1-2 record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.97 while going up against 129 batters in the majors. His ERA is 5.11 (16 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.525. He has surrendered 23 base knocks (7.3 hits per nine innings) with 20 free passes. Alzolay has pitched in 28 innings and is sitting with 34 punchouts during his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.14 and they have given up 146 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .187 against the bullpen and they've struck out 219 hitters and walked 92 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.82. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 430 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 169 batters and struck out 502. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 4.10.
As a team Chicago is hitting .221, good for 27th in the league. The Cubs hold a .387 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.1 hits per game. Ian Happ is hitting .255 with an on-base percentage of .357. He has 50 hits this season in 196 at bats with 28 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .505 and an OPS+ of 129. Jason Heyward is hitting .273 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .401. He has totaled 39 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 143 at bats. His OPS+ is 134 while his slugging percentage is at .469. The Cubs have 409 hits, including 82 doubles and 70 home runs. Chicago has walked 218 times so far this season and they have struck out 551 times as a unit. They have left 396 men on base and have a team OPS of .705. They score 4.31 runs per contest and have scored a total of 250 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Lopez (26-33 career record) holds a 4.67 ERA while surrendering 9.0 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.20 and he has faced 2,126 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career. So far in his pro baseball career, Lopez has conceded 488 base hits while he has totaled 413 K's in 490 innings. He has allowed 254 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.380 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.9. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 201 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .208 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 235 batters and walked 88 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.7 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 3.71. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 435 base knocks and 210 earned runs this season. They have given up 67 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 206 hitters and struck out 506 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.26 while their FIP as a staff is 4.24.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 6th in the league. The White Sox hold a .452 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.8 hits per contest. José Abreu comes into this matchup batting .319 with an OBP of .369. He has 74 hits this year along with 57 RBI in 232 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .625 with an OPS+ of 168. Luis Robert is hitting .222 this season and he has an OBP of .292. He has collected 43 hits in 194 at bats while driving in 30 runs. He has an OPS+ of 97 and a slugging percentage of .433. The White Sox as a unit have 513 base hits, including 92 doubles and 92 homers. Chicago has walked 166 times this year and they have struck out on 550 occasions. They have had 382 men left on base and have an OPS of .774. They have scored 4.98 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 (+113)
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