Chicago Cubs vs Colorado Rockies Prediction, 8/5/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Colorado Rockies
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Location: Coors Field in Denver, CO
TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+140) Colorado (-175)
Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs (51-57, 4th in NL Central) travel to Coors Field on Thursday where they'll meet the Colorado Rockies (47-60, 4th in NL West). The Rockies open this contest at -175 while the Cubs are priced at +140. The total is set at 11. The pitchers expected to start will be Jake Arrieta and Antonio Senzatela.
Chicago has a slugging percentage of .398 and have been called out on strikes 1,029 times, while taking a walk on 342 occasions. They have recorded 433 runs batted in and 795 hits this year, while their average at the plate sits at .227. The Cubs have recorded 145 doubles as a unit and have smacked 139 balls out of the stadium. They have notched a total of 457 runs scored while having a team OBP of .306. As a squad, the Chicago Cubs are recording 4.2 runs per contest, which ranks them 21st in MLB.
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The Cubs are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.28 for the season (16th in the league), and they have struck out 934 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 409 hitters and their FIP is 4.66 as a team on the season. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.28 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.35. Cubs pitchers have conceded 143 long balls and 495 runs (17th in baseball).
The Cubs have dispatched 395 relief pitchers to the hill this season. The relief pitchers have inherited 178 base runners so far this year with 28.7% of those players earned a run for their team. They have accumulated 28 saves so far this season and have not converted 9 of 37 chances to get a save. The Cubs relief pitchers have a save percentage of 75.7% and has come into the game in 98 save situations. The relievers have notched 60 holds so far this season (8th in the league). Cubs relief pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 110 times and also have had 111 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Cubs have transformed 70.2% of balls hit into play into outs out of 8,508 innings, ranking them 10th in MLB. The Chicago Cubs have 2,836 putouts this year, in addition to 1,043 assists and 60 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which ranks 9th in MLB, and have a total of 680 double plays.
Arrieta (115-89 career mark) holds a FIP of 3.96 while he has gone up against 6,652 opposing batters in the major leagues. He has given up 1,412 base hits (8.0 hits per 9 innings) and has had 564 free passes. His earned run average is 3.88 (686 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.241. Arrieta has thrown 1,592 frames and has earned 1,419 strikeouts so far in his career.
The Rockies have a SLG% of .400 and they average 4.41 runs per outing (15th in baseball). They have recorded 179 doubles, while taking a walk 326 times and recording 472 runs. Colorado has knocked in 108 home runs on the year to go along with 447 RBIs. They have been rung up on 901 occasions (22nd in baseball) and are sitting with 871 hits. The Colorado Rockies have compiled a team OBP of .313 and a batting average of .245 for the season.
The Rockies have a WHIP of 1.367 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.50 as a staff so far this year. They are sitting at 23rd in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 897. The Colorado pitching staff have surrendered 522 runs this year while holding an ERA of 4.70 (482 earned runs relinquished). Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.30 (836 strikeouts vs 363 bases on balls). They have surrendered 130 long balls and they allow 5.10 runs per 9 innings (24th in the league).
Colorado has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 38 save opportunities and they have come away with 19 saves. They are currently ranked 27th in the league holding a save rate of 50.0%, and they have sent 340 relievers to the mound over the course of the season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 105 times in high leverage situations and also on 86 occasions with runners on. Colorado relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 41.8% out of 134 inherited base runners. Sitting with 75 save situations, the Rockies have earned 37 holds and 19 blown saves.
The Colorado Rockies have turned 94 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .985 (12th in professional baseball). The Rockies have accrued 1,023 assists, 59 errors and are sitting with 2,766 putouts for the season. In their 8,298 innings on the diamond, the Rockies have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 69.1% (22nd in pro baseball).
In his pro baseball career, Senzatela has conceded 565 base knocks and he has 353 K's in 517 innings pitched. He has allowed 283 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.427 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.6. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.04 and he has gone up against 2,253 batters so far in his MLB career. Senzatela (34-33 career mark) has a 4.92 ERA while giving up 9.8 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+140)
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