San Diego Padres vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 5/31/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Diego Padres vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Monday, May 31, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: San Diego (-150) Chicago (+139)
Joe Musgrove and the San Diego Padres (34-20, 1st in NL West) head to Wrigley Field on Monday where they'll take on the Chicago Cubs (29-23, 2nd in NL Central). The Cubs open this contest at +139 while the Padres are coming in at -150. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Joe Musgrove and Trevor Williams.
As a unit, the San Diego Padres are scoring 4.9 runs per game, which ranks them 7th in MLB. They have 258 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .326. The Padres have hit 75 two-baggers as a team and have smacked 53 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accumulated 241 runs batted in and 424 base knocks for the year, while their team batting average sits at .239. San Diego has a slugging percentage of .382 and have been called out on strikes 434 times, while taking a walk on 217 occasions.
The Padres have compiled a team ERA of 2.61 for the season (1st in MLB), and their staff has rung up 555 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.25 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.10. Padres pitchers have conceded 53 home runs and also 169 runs in total (2nd in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 171 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 3.51 as a team on the year.
The Padres relief pitchers have recorded a save percentage of 66.7% and has entered the game in 61 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 45 runners on the season with 22.2% of those players ended up crossing the plate. Padres bullpen pitchers have entered the game with players on base 35 times and also have had 60 appearances in high leverage situations. The Padres have dispatched 203 relievers to the mound this season. The relief pitchers have earned 30 holds for the year (7th in MLB). They have accumulated 20 saves over the course of the season and have blown 10 of 30 chances to save the game.
The San Diego Padres have earned a total of 1,441 putouts this year, in addition to 447 assists and 37 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .981 which ranks 27th in pro baseball, and have a total of 369 double plays. The Padres have turned 71.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of 4,323 innings, which ranks them 3rd in professional baseball.
Musgrove has pitched in 552 innings and has 541 punch outs during his pro baseball career. Musgrove (33-42 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.79 while he has faced 2,308 hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.12 (253 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.191. He has allowed 524 base knocks (8.5 hits per 9 innings) with 134 walks.
The Cubs hold a team slugging % of .405 and they tally 4.65 runs per contest (12th in the league). They have hit 71 doubles, while getting a free base 180 times and earning 237 runs. Chicago has a total of 62 HRs for the year to go along with 228 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 482 occasions (10th in MLB) and have a total of 403 base hits. The Chicago Cubs have tallied an OBP of .323 as well as a batting average of .240 so far this season.
The Chicago pitching staff have relinquished 206 runs so far this season while having a team ERA of 3.75 (189 earned runs relinquished). They have conceded 59 homers and they yield 4.09 runs per 9 innings (9th in baseball). The Cubs have a team WHIP of 1.307 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.24 as a pitching staff this year. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.51 (466 strikeouts against 186 bases on balls). They are sitting at 17th in baseball as a staff in total hits conceded with 406.
With 65 save situations, the Cubs have accrued 43 holds and 6 blown saves. Chicago has called on relievers to enter the contest in 21 save opportunities and they have tallied 15 saves. Their relievers have come in 73 times in high leverage situations and on 61 occasions with runners on. Chicago relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 26.6% of 94 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 6th in the league holding a save rate of 71.4%, and they have dispatched 196 relievers to the mound for the year.
Out of their 4,080 innings on the diamond, the Cubs have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.7% (15th in MLB). The Chicago Cubs have turned 48 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .986 (4th in MLB). The Cubs have accrued 511 assists, 27 errors and have amassed 1,360 putouts over the course of the season.
So far in his career, Williams has surrendered 585 base hits while accumulating 458 punch outs in 572 innings. He has conceded 288 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.366 and having a FIP of 4.6. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.32 and he has gone up against 2,469 hitters so far in his career. Williams (33-39 career record) has earned a 4.53 earned run average and has given up 9.2 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+139)
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