Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 5/12/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+100) Cleveland (-110)
Progressive Field is the venue where Triston McKenzie and the Cleveland Indians (18-14, 2nd in AL Central) will take on the Chicago Cubs (17-17, 3rd in NL Central) on Wednesday. The Cubs open this matchup at +100 while the Indians are coming in at -110. The over/under is set at 8.5. The men taking the mound are Zach Davies and Triston McKenzie.
As a team, the Chicago Cubs are notching 4.6 runs per game, which is 12th in the league. They have racked up 157 runs and have an OBP of .312. The Cubs have tallied 46 doubles as a squad and have knocked 41 baseballs out of the stadium. They have recorded 150 runs batted in in addition to 244 base knocks over the course of the season, and their batting average is .224. Chicago is slugging .393 and have been called out on strikes 334 times, while being walked on 124 occasions.
The Cubs have compiled a team ERA of 4.53 for the year (22nd in baseball), and they have rung up 313 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 142 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 4.69 as a unit on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.20 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.43. Cubs pitchers have conceded 45 home runs in addition to 162 runs in total (22nd in baseball).
The Cubs relief pitchers have a save rate of 72.7% and has stepped onto the mound in 33 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 64 runners so far this year with 29.7% of those players ended up scoring. Cubs bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with opponents on base 41 times and also have had 43 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cubs have dispatched 136 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. The relief pitchers have 21 holds on the season (8th in MLB). They have compiled 8 saves this year and have not converted 3 of 11 save opportunities.
The Chicago Cubs have earned a total of 900 putouts this season, in addition to 328 assists and 19 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which is 10th in baseball, and have accumulated 212 double plays. The Cubs have converted 68.5% of balls hit into play into outs in their 2,700 innings, which has them ranked 23rd in MLB.
Davies has taken the ball for 713 innings and has totaled 515 strikeouts in his career. His ERA is 3.90 (309 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.299. He has surrendered 709 base knocks (8.9 hits per 9 innings) and has 218 free passes. Davies (52-38 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.24 and he has faced 3,012 hitters in the major leagues.
The Cleveland Indians have earned a team OBP of .286 in addition to a team batting average of .210 so far this season. They have struck out on 269 instances (27th in the league) and have totaled 219 hits. Cleveland has recorded 40 home runs so far this season to go along with 130 runs batted in. The Indians have a team slugging percentage of .384 and they score 4.25 runs per outing (16th in the league). They have hit 48 two-baggers, while taking a walk 107 times as well as scoring 136 runs.
The Indians have a WHIP of 1.165 with a FIP of 4.10 as a squad this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.91 (311 strikeouts against 107 walks). They come in at 4th in baseball as a staff in total hits given up with 224. They have conceded 42 long balls and they relinquish 3.83 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league). The Cleveland pitching staff have given up 121 runs over the course of the season while having an ERA of 3.52 (111 earned runs conceded).
Sitting with 25 save situations, the Indians have earned 13 holds and also 2 blown saves. Cleveland has had relief pitchers enter the game in 12 save chances and they have converted 10 saves. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 27 times in high leverage situations and on 24 occasions with runners on base. Cleveland bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 29.0% of 31 inherited runners. They are ranked 6th in baseball with a save rate of 83.3%, and they have dispatched 98 bullpen pitchers to the hill on the season.
Out of their 2,562 innings on the field, the Indians have a defensive efficiency of 72.1% (3rd in pro baseball). The Cleveland Indians have turned 24 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .981 (21st in baseball). The Indians have accrued 303 assists, 23 errors and have a tally of 854 putouts on the campaign.
McKenzie (3-2 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 3.95 ERA while allowing 5.8 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.45 and he has gone up against 233 batters in his MLB career. He has given up a total of 25 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.193 and a FIP of 4.7. So far in his career, McKenzie has conceded 37 hits while totaling 76 K's in 57 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (-110)
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