Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 8/29/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+190) Chicago (-256)
Dylan Cease and the Chicago White Sox (75-55, 1st in AL Central) play the Chicago Cubs (56-74, 4th in NL Central) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday. The Cubs open this matchup at +190 while the White Sox are coming in at -256. The over/under has been set at 8. The starting pitchers will be Kyle Hendricks and Dylan Cease.
The Cubs have tallied 177 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 164 baseballs out of the stadium. Chicago has a slugging percentage of .398 and have struck out 1,276 times, while drawing a walk on 393 occasions. As a unit, the Chicago Cubs are compiling 4.2 runs per outing, which puts them at 21st in the league. They have accounted for 521 RBI's as well as 979 hits for the year, while their batting average sits at .231. They have racked up 551 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .306.
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Cubs pitchers have surrendered 186 home runs in addition to 655 runs (26th in baseball). They have walked 475 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.79 as a squad for the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.35 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.39. The Cubs have compiled a team ERA of 4.72 for the year (22nd in the league), and the staff has struck out 1,116 hitters.
Cubs relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 134 times in addition to having 129 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen are sitting with 64 holds this season (15th in the league). The Cubs relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 75.6% and has come into the game in 106 save situations. They have recorded 31 saves this year and have blown 10 of 41 save opportunities. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 214 runners for the season with 33.6% of those runners ended up scoring. The Cubs have sent 483 relievers to the mound this season.
The Chicago Cubs have accumulated 3,400 putouts this year, in addition to 1,237 assists and 69 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .985 which has them ranked 13th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 832 double plays. The Cubs have converted 69.1% of balls in play into outs out of their 10,200 innings, which has them ranked 22nd in the majors.
Hendricks (83-53 career win-loss record) has a FIP of 3.67 while he has gone up against 4,884 hitters during his time in the major leagues. He has allowed 1,099 hits (8.2 hits per nine innings) and has had 259 free passes. His ERA is 3.24 (432 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.133. Hendricks has pitched in 1,199 frames and has racked up 995 K's thus far in his career.
The White Sox hold a team slugging percentage of .420 and they are scoring 5.01 runs per game (7th in the league). They have 213 two-baggers, while taking a walk 472 times as well as recording 651 runs. Chicago has compiled 154 home runs on the season and 618 runs batted in. They have struck out on 1,143 instances (13th in MLB) and have 1,089 base hits. The Chicago White Sox have accumulated a team OBP of .333 and a team batting average of .254 on the campaign.
The White Sox are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.200 in addition to having a FIP of 3.84 as a staff this season. They are currently ranked 6th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 958. The Chicago pitching staff have allowed 517 runs so far this season while holding a team ERA of 3.76 (471 earned runs yielded). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.27 (1,288 strikeouts against 394 walks). They have yielded 156 homers and they allow 4.13 runs per 9 innings (9th in baseball).
Chicago bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 34.3% of 169 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 127 times in high leverage situations and on 109 occasions with runners on base. With 129 save situations, the White Sox have earned 70 holds in addition to 22 blown saves. They rank 17th in the league holding a save percentage of 60.7%, and they have sent 390 bullpen pitchers to the hill so far this season. Chicago has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 56 save opportunities and they have walked away with 34 saves.
The Chicago White Sox have turned 80 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .982 (26th in the majors). The White Sox have 954 assists, 78 errors and have notched a total of 3,382 putouts during this campaign. In 10,146 innings on the diamond, the White Sox hold a efficiency on defense of 69.9% (12th in professional baseball).
So far in his career, Cease has allowed 243 base knocks while earning 302 strikeouts in 269 frames. He has surrendered 133 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.361 and a FIP of 4.6. His K/BB ratio is 2.46 and he has faced 1,168 opposing hitters in his MLB career. Cease (19-17 career win-loss record) has a 4.45 ERA and has given up 8.1 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (-256)
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