Colorado Rockies vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 8/23/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado Rockies vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Monday, August 23, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado (-116) Chicago (-105)
Adbert Alzolay and the Chicago Cubs (54-71, 4th in NL Central) play the Colorado Rockies (57-66, 4th in NL West) at Wrigley Field on Monday. The line on this contest has the Rockies coming in at -116 and the Cubs are at -105. The O/U is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Antonio Senzatela and Adbert Alzolay.
As a team, the Colorado Rockies are notching 4.5 runs per game, which has them sitting at 13th in baseball. They have racked up 559 runs while holding a team OBP of .318. The Rockies have tallied 208 doubles as a unit and have hit 135 baseballs out of the stadium. They have earned 534 RBI's and 1,026 hits on the season, and their team batting average sits at .251. Colorado has a slugging percentage of .413 and have been called out on strikes 1,019 times, while taking a walk on 371 occasions.
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The Rockies have an ERA of 4.67 over the course of the season (23rd in the league), and their staff has struck out 973 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.40 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.37. Rockies pitchers have relinquished 143 home runs and also 591 total runs (20th in baseball). They have walked 405 players from the other team and their FIP comes in at 4.37 as a squad so far this year.
The Rockies have sent 390 relief pitchers to the hill so far this season. The relief pitchers have inherited 148 runners on the campaign and 39.2% of them crossed home plate. They have 23 saves on the season and have missed out on 21 of 44 save opportunities. The Rockies relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 52.3% and stepped onto the hill in 93 save situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 49 holds on the season (26th in baseball). Rockies relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 95 times in addition to having 114 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Rockies have turned 68.6% of balls in play into outs out of their 9,549 innings, ranking them 25th in the majors. The Colorado Rockies have amassed 3,183 putouts thus far, as well as 1,160 assists and 61 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .986 which is 7th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 832 double plays.
Senzatela has taken the ball for 535 innings and has accounted for 364 punch outs during his pro baseball career. His ERA is 4.91 (292 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.426. He has given up 587 base knocks (9.9 hits per 9 innings) and has had 176 free passes. Senzatela (34-34 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.51 while he has gone up against 2,328 opposing hitters during his time in the majors.
The Cubs hold a team slugging % of .394 and they score 4.13 runs per game (23rd in the league). They have recorded 169 doubles, while walking 379 times as well as scoring 516 runs. Chicago has 155 HRs so far this year as well as 491 runs batted in. They have struck out on 1,226 occasions (1st in the league) and have notched a total of 933 hits. The Chicago Cubs have a team on-base percentage of .305 and a batting average of .229 so far this year.
The Cubs have a team WHIP of 1.378 in addition to having a FIP of 4.80 as a team for the season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.35 (1,075 strikeouts against 457 free passes). They sit at 23rd in MLB as a staff in total hits conceded with 1,045. They have surrendered 180 dingers and they surrender 5.04 runs per 9 innings (22nd in baseball). The Chicago pitching staff have conceded 610 runs this season while holding an ERA of 4.57 (554 earned runs conceded).
Chicago bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 31.3% out of their 201 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 123 times in high leverage situations and on 124 occasions with runners on base. With 105 save situations, the Cubs have accrued 64 holds in addition to 10 blown saves. They are ranked 1st in MLB holding a save percentage of 75.0%, and they have dispatched 461 relief pitchers onto the field on the season. Chicago has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 40 save chances and they have tallied 30 saves.
The Chicago Cubs have turned 100 double plays and have a fielding rate of .985 (13th in professional baseball). The Cubs have accrued 1,199 assists, 68 errors and have amassed 3,271 putouts for the year. Out of their 9,813 innings on the field, the Cubs are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 69.5% (16th in the majors).
Alzolay (6-15 career win-loss mark) has earned a 5.01 earned run average and has surrendered 7.8 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.76 and he has faced 591 batters during his MLB career. He has given up a total of 78 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.250 and a FIP of 5.1. During his MLB career, Alzolay has allowed 121 base knocks while totaling 149 strikeouts in 140 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Colorado (-116)
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