Chicago Cubs vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 9/1/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+165) Minnesota (-217)
Target Field is the site where John Gant and the Minnesota Twins (57-73, 5th in AL Central) will take on the Chicago Cubs (57-75, 4th in NL Central) on Wednesday. The odds on this contest have the Cubs priced at +165 and the Twins are at -217. The over/under opens at 8. The pitchers taking the mound are Justin Steele and John Gant.
The Cubs have tallied 179 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 168 balls out of the stadium. Chicago has a slugging % of .398 and have struck out 1,301 times, while taking a walk on 398 occasions. As a unit, the Chicago Cubs are scoring 4.2 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 21st in baseball. They have accrued 529 RBI's in addition to 993 base knocks this year, and their batting average is at .231. They have racked up 559 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .305.
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Cubs pitchers have relinquished 191 long balls in addition to 668 runs in total (26th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 481 players from the other team and their FIP comes in at 4.82 as a unit this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.34 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.39. The Cubs hold a team earned run average of 4.75 on the year (25th in MLB), and their staff has rung up 1,127 batters.
The Cubs have sent 488 relief pitchers to the mound on the season. The relievers have inherited 216 runners on the campaign and 33.3% of those runners earned a run for their team. They have accumulated 31 saves over the course of the season and have not converted 10 of their 41 save chances. The Cubs bullpen have a save percentage of 75.6% and has come into the game in 106 save situations. The relief pitchers have 64 holds this season (15th in MLB). Cubs relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on 135 times as well as having 129 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Chicago Cubs are sitting with 3,451 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 1,260 assists and 69 errors. Their fielding rate is at .986 which is 12th in baseball, and have accumulated 846 double plays. The Cubs have converted 69.3% of balls in play into outs out of their 10,353 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 20th in pro baseball.
Steele has taken the hill for 26 frames and has accumulated 32 punch outs so far in his pro baseball career. Steele (2-2 career record) sits with a FIP of 5.43 and he has faced 114 hitters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.15 (12 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.346. He has surrendered 22 hits (7.6 hits per 9 innings) with 13 free passes.
The Minnesota Twins have tallied an OBP of .317 and a batting average of .242 this year. They have struck out on 1,136 occasions (17th in baseball) and have accounted for 1,066 hits. Minnesota is sitting with 185 home runs on the season as well as 565 runs batted in. The Twins hold a team slugging percentage of .424 and they score 4.59 runs per contest (12th in baseball). They have 217 two-baggers, while walking 441 times as well as notching 601 runs.
The Minnesota pitching staff have conceded 699 runs this year while holding an ERA of 4.98 (635 earned runs relinquished). They have relinquished 198 homers and they relinquish 5.48 runs per 9 innings (28th in the league). The Twins have a team WHIP of 1.334 and have a FIP of 4.70 as a pitching staff on the campaign. Their K/BB ratio is 2.70 (1,065 strikeouts vs 395 bases on balls). They come in at 26th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 1,136.
Minnesota has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 51 save chances and they have converted 32 saves. They are currently ranked 12th in baseball with a save percentage of 62.7%, and they have sent 419 relievers onto the diamond this year. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 145 times in high leverage situations in addition to 104 occasions with runners on. Minnesota relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 47.8% out of their 136 inherited base runners. With 121 save situations, the Twins have accumulated 70 holds in addition to 19 blown saves.
The Minnesota Twins have twisted 117 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .980 (30th in professional baseball). The Twins have accrued 1,167 assists, 95 errors and have accumulated 3,444 putouts on the campaign. In their 10,332 innings on the diamond, the Twins have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 68.9% (23rd in baseball).
Gant (23-23 career win-loss mark) has a 3.85 ERA and has allowed 7.6 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.62 and he has faced 1,528 opposing batters in his MLB career. He has allowed 152 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.383 and having a FIP of 4.3. In his pro baseball career, Gant has conceded 300 base hits and he has 309 punch outs in 355 frames.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+165)
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