Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 8/27/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago Cubs (+170) Chicago White Sox (-238)
Keegan Thompson and the Chicago Cubs (56-73, 4th in NL Central) are headed to Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday where they'll take on the Chicago White Sox (73-55, 1st in AL Central). The moneyline on this contest has the Cubs priced at +170 and the White Sox are at -238. The total is set at 9. The men taking the mound will be Keegan Thompson and Dallas Keuchel.
Chicago has a slugging % of .395 and have been called out on strikes 1,264 times, while taking a walk on 390 occasions. They have accumulated 509 RBI's and 966 hits this year, while their team batting average is at .230. The Cubs have recorded 174 two-baggers as a team and have hit 160 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accounted for 538 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .305. As a squad, the Chicago Cubs are knocking in 4.2 runs per contest, which has them at 23rd in baseball.
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The Cubs have a team earned run average of 4.64 so far this year (22nd in the league), and their staff has rung up 1,114 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.39 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.38. Cubs pitchers have conceded 184 long balls and 638 runs in total (25th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 466 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.76 as a team so far this season.
The Cubs have sent 477 relief pitchers to the mound this season. The relief pitchers have inherited 209 runners on the season and 32.5% of those runners ended up scoring. They have 31 saves over the course of the season and have blown 10 of their 41 chances to save the game. The Cubs bullpen have recorded a save percentage of 75.6% and has come into the game in 106 save situations. The bullpen have tallied 64 holds this season (15th in baseball). Cubs bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 131 times and also have had 128 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Cubs have transformed 69.2% of balls hit into play into outs out of 10,128 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 20th in professional baseball. The Chicago Cubs have 3,376 putouts so far this season, as well as 1,230 assists and 68 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .985 which is 12th in MLB, and have 824 double plays.
Thompson has taken the hill for 44 innings and has accumulated 44 punch outs so far in his MLB career. His ERA is 2.42 (12 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.321. He has surrendered 35 base hits (7.1 hits per nine innings) with 24 walks. Thompson (3-3 win-loss record in his career) has a FIP of 4.91 and he has faced 193 batters during his time in the majors.
Chicago has recorded 148 home runs on the campaign to go along with 592 RBIs. They have 206 two-baggers, while walking 461 times as well as recording 624 runs. The Chicago White Sox have compiled a team on-base percentage of .331 in addition to a batting average of .252 this season. The White Sox hold a slugging % of .416 and they average 4.88 runs per game (8th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 1,134 occasions (13th in MLB) and have tallied 1,062 hits.
The Chicago pitching staff have conceded 497 runs this year while having an ERA of 3.66 (451 earned runs allowed). They have relinquished 150 homers and they concede 4.03 runs per 9 innings (7th in baseball). The White Sox have a WHIP of 1.195 in addition to having a FIP of 3.80 as a team for the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 3.25 (1,268 strikeouts vs 390 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 5th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 935.
Chicago has had relievers step onto the hill in 55 save chances and they have come away with 33 saves. They are currently ranked 18th in the league holding a save rate of 60.0%, and they have sent 382 bullpen pitchers onto the field for the year. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 125 times in high leverage situations and on 107 occasions with runners on. Chicago relief pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 33.7% out of 166 inherited runners. Sitting with 126 save situations, the White Sox have earned 68 holds and 22 blown saves.
In 9,984 innings on the field, the White Sox have earned a defensive efficiency of 70.0% (11th in baseball). The Chicago White Sox have twisted 80 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .982 (26th in the majors). The White Sox have recorded 938 assists, 76 errors and have earned a total of 3,328 putouts over the course of the season.
Keuchel (98-80 career win-loss record) is the owner of a 3.69 ERA and has allowed 8.7 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.61 and he has faced 6,264 opposing batters thus far in his career. He has allowed 616 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.262 and a FIP of 3.9. In his pro baseball career, Keuchel has given up 1,450 base knocks while he has tallied 1,160 punch outs in 1,501 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take the Cubs (+170)
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