Cleveland Indians vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 9/16/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Indians (-110) Cubs (+100)
Kyle Schwarber and the Chicago Cubs (28-20, 1st in NL Central) host the Cleveland Indians (26-21, 3rd in AL Central) at Wrigley Field on Wednesday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Indians coming in at -110 and the Cubs are at +100. The total opens at 9. The starting pitchers will be Aaron Civale and Jon Lester.
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
9/9/2020 Jefry Rodriguez SP Shoulder Out for the season
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
9/14/2020 Jose Quintana RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/13/2020 Andrew Chafin RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/13/2020 Cameron Maybin RF Illness Probable for Sep 15
9/7/2020 Tyler Chatwood SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/5/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/23/2020 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
8/18/2020 Brad Wieck RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 26-21 overall record this season. Civale has taken the hill for 115 innings and has totaled 102 strikeouts so far in his career. His ERA is 3.13 (40 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.102. He has given up 101 base hits (7.9 hits per nine innings) and has 26 free passes. Civale (6-9 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 3.40 and he has gone up against 462 opposing batters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.54 and they have given up 118 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .200 against the bullpen and they've struck out 157 hitters and walked 47 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 7.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.2 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.24. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 341 base hits and 151 earned runs. They have allowed 56 home runs this season, ranking them 20th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 116 batters and struck out 474. They have walked 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.09 and their FIP as a unit is 3.65.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .227, good for 25th in the league. The Indians hold a .363 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 7.4 hits per game. Francisco Lindor is hitting .277 with an on-base percentage of .335. He has 52 hits this season in 188 at bats with 20 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .441 and an OPS+ of 107. Carlos Santana is hitting .210 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .365. He has totaled 34 hits and he has driven in 23 men in 162 at bats. His OPS+ is 89 while his slugging percentage is at .327. The Indians have 349 hits, including 67 doubles and 45 home runs. Cleveland has walked 187 times so far this season and they have struck out 414 times as a unit. They have left 324 men on base and have a team OPS of .680. They score 4.02 runs per contest and have scored a total of 189 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 28-20 overall mark this year. Lester (192-110 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a 3.59 ERA while conceding 8.5 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.88 and he has gone up against 10,800 opposing batters in his career. During his MLB career, Lester has given up 2,437 hits and he has 2,392 punchouts in 2,583 innings. He has surrendered 1,031 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.265 and having a FIP of 3.8. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.41 and they have given up 129 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .194 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 183 batters and walked 78 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.03. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 358 base knocks and 185 earned runs this season. They have given up 57 home runs this year, which ranks 18th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 146 hitters and struck out 420 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 4.14.
As a team, they are batting .227, good for 26th in the league. The Cubs hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.3 hits per contest. Kyle Schwarber comes into this matchup batting .204 with an OBP of .324. He has 31 hits this year along with 21 RBI in 152 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .428 with an OPS+ of 101. Willson Contreras is hitting .247 this season and he has an OBP of .346. He has collected 38 hits in 154 at bats while driving in 20 runs. He has an OPS+ of 102 and a slugging percentage of .403. The Cubs as a unit have 348 base hits, including 69 doubles and 62 homers. Chicago has walked 186 times this year and they have struck out on 464 occasions. They have had 327 men left on base and have an OPS of .726. They have scored 4.6 runs per game and totaled 221 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs (+100)
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