Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 8/23/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: White Sox (+161) Cubs (-175)
Tim Anderson and the Chicago White Sox (16-11, 3rd in AL Central) head to Wrigley Field on Sunday where they'll meet the Chicago Cubs (16-9, 1st in NL Central). The White Sox open this contest at +161 while the Cubs are coming in at -175. The total has been set at 9.5. The starting pitchers are Dylan Cease and Yu Darvish.
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
8/18/2020 Carlos Rodon SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/17/2020 Nick Madrigal 2B Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/15/2020 Leury Garcia SS Thumb Out for the season
8/15/2020 Ian Hamilton RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/12/2020 Aaron Bummer RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/3/2020 Jimmy Lambert RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
8/22/2020 Kris Bryant 3B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/20/2020 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/18/2020 Brad Wieck RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/18/2020 Jose Quintana SP Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/18/2020 Steven Souza RF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/16/2020 Tyler Chatwood SP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
7/23/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
Useful Pitching Statistics
The White Sox have a 16-11 overall record this season. Cease (8-8 career mark) sits with a FIP of 5.45 while he has gone up against 436 batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 5.13 (56 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.507. He has surrendered 104 hits (9.5 hits per nine innings) and has had 44 walks. Cease has pitched in 98 frames and is sitting with 98 punchouts so far in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.77 and they have given up 92 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .204 against the bullpen and they've struck out 116 hitters and walked 34 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.84. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 216 base hits and 101 earned runs. They have allowed 28 home runs this season, ranking them 24th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 82 batters and struck out 235. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.26 and their FIP as a unit is 3.92.
As a team Chicago is hitting .264, good for 3rd in the league. The White Sox hold a .473 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.0 hits per game. Tim Anderson is hitting .366 with an on-base percentage of .400. He has 26 hits this season in 71 at bats with 9 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .732 and an OPS+ of 203. Eloy Jimenez is hitting .295 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .320. He has totaled 28 hits and he has driven in 20 men in 95 at bats. His OPS+ is 146 while his slugging percentage is at .600. The White Sox have 243 hits, including 42 doubles and 49 home runs. Chicago has walked 72 times so far this season and they have struck out 256 times as a unit. They have left 175 men on base and have a team OPS of .796. They score 5.07 runs per contest and have scored a total of 137 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 16-9 overall mark this year. In his MLB career, Darvish has surrendered 872 base knocks while he has earned 1,333 punchouts in 1,081 frames. He has given up 423 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.167 and having a FIP of 3.5. He has a SO/W ratio of 3.43 and he has faced 4,470 hitters so far in his MLB career. Darvish (67-54 career record) holds a 3.52 ERA and has surrendered 7.3 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.36 and they have given up 68 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .192 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 92 batters and walked 45 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.42. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 183 base knocks and 107 earned runs this season. They have given up 31 home runs this year, which ranks 18th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 73 hitters and struck out 212 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.17 while their FIP as a staff is 4.26.
As a team, they are batting .227, good for 22nd in the league. The Cubs hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .335, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 7.1 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .282 with an OBP of .420. He has 11 hits this year along with 9 RBI in 39 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .564 with an OPS+ of 166. Ian Happ is hitting .299 this season and he has an OBP of .419. He has collected 23 hits in 77 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 183 and a slugging percentage of .636. The Cubs as a unit have 178 base hits, including 39 doubles and 31 homers. Chicago has walked 106 times this year and they have struck out on 255 occasions. They have had 171 men left on base and have an OPS of .737. They have scored 4.64 runs per game and totaled 116 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the White Sox (+161)
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