Chicago Cubs vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, 8/26/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Detroit Tigers
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Cubs (-138) Tigers (+128)
Niko Goodrum and the Detroit Tigers (11-16, 4th in AL Central) host the Chicago Cubs (18-10, 1st in NL Central) at Comerica Park on Wednesday. The moneyline on this contest has the Cubs coming in at -138 and the Tigers are at +128. The total opens at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Jon Lester and Michael Fulmer.
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
8/23/2020 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
8/22/2020 Kris Bryant 3B Finger Expected to be out until at least Aug 29
8/18/2020 Brad Wieck RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/18/2020 Steven Souza RF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
7/23/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
8/19/2020 Dario Agrazal SP Forearm Out for the season
8/19/2020 Harold Castro 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 29
8/19/2020 C.J 1B Knee Out for the season
8/15/2020 Ivan Nova SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/7/2020 Troy Stokes LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/18/2020 Jordan Zimmermann SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 18-10 overall record this season. Lester (192-109 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 3.76 while he has faced 10,707 opposing batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.58 (1,020 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.262. He has surrendered 2,412 base knocks (8.5 hits per 9 innings) and has 824 walks. Lester has pitched in 2,563 innings and is sitting with 2,372 K's so far in his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.30 and they have given up 76 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .194 against the bullpen and they've struck out 104 hitters and walked 51 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.33. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 211 base hits and 118 earned runs. They have allowed 38 home runs this season, ranking them 13th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 82 batters and struck out 244. 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 4.32.
As a team Chicago is hitting .228, good for 24th in the league. The Cubs hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.2 hits per game. Kyle Schwarber is hitting .228 with an on-base percentage of .336. He has 21 hits this season in 92 at bats with 12 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .435 and an OPS+ of 108. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .213 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .368. He has totaled 20 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 94 at bats. His OPS+ is 108 while his slugging percentage is at .394. The Cubs have 201 hits, including 45 doubles and 35 home runs. Chicago has walked 119 times so far this season and they have struck out 277 times as a unit. They have left 192 men on base and have a team OPS of .741. They score 4.68 runs per contest and have scored a total of 131 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Detroit has a 11-16 overall mark this year. In his pro baseball career, Fulmer has given up 432 base knocks and he has 366 K's in 467 frames. He has conceded a total of 205 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.210 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.1. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.75 and he has faced 1,937 hitters during his career. Fulmer (24-31 career mark) is the owner of a 3.95 earned run average while surrendering 8.3 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.67 and they have given up 117 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Tigers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 111 batters and walked 37 opposing hitters. As a team, Detroit allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 6.01. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 251 base knocks and 157 earned runs this season. They have given up 46 home runs this year, which ranks 3rd in Major League Baseball. Detroit as a staff has walked 88 hitters and struck out 206 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 5.29.
As a team, they are batting .233, good for 21st in the league. The Tigers hold a .418 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .292, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 7.7 hits per contest. Niko Goodrum comes into this matchup batting .194 with an OBP of .257. He has 18 hits this year along with 15 RBI in 93 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .419 with an OPS+ of 80. Victor Reyes is hitting .272 this season and he has an OBP of .314. He has collected 22 hits in 81 at bats while driving in 6 runs. He has an OPS+ of 98 and a slugging percentage of .420. The Tigers as a unit have 208 base hits, including 42 doubles and 38 homers. Detroit has walked 67 times this year and they have struck out on 277 occasions. They have had 149 men left on base and have an OPS of .710. They have scored 4.56 runs per game and totaled 123 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Tigers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Tigers (+128)
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