Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 5/8/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Sunday, May 8, 2022
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-200) Chicago (+165)
Wrigley Field is where the Chicago Cubs (9-16) will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (17-7) on Sunday. The odds on this game have the Dodgers at -200 and the Cubs open at +165. The total comes in at 8. The expected starting pitchers are Walker Buehler and Marcus Stroman.
Los Angeles has a slugging rate of .390 and have struck out 184 times, while drawing a walk on 89 occasions. They have 105 runs batted in as well as 179 base knocks for the year, while their average at the plate is sitting at .239. The Dodgers have tallied 34 two-baggers as a unit and have knocked 23 balls out of the park. They have accounted for 114 runs scored while having a team on-base percentage of .322. As a unit, the Los Angeles Dodgers are compiling 5.0 runs per game, which puts them at 1st in baseball.
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The Dodgers have compiled a team earned run average of 2.21 on the campaign (1st in MLB), and the staff has rung up 209 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 53 opposing players and their FIP sits at 2.86 as a team for the year. They have a K/BB ratio of 3.94 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 0.94. Dodgers pitchers have surrendered 14 home runs and 57 total runs (1st in baseball).
The Dodgers bullpen have accumulated a save rate of 85.7% and has stepped onto the mound in 19 save situations. The relievers have inherited 22 base runners on the season with 27.3% of those players ended up crossing the plate. Dodgers bullpen pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 15 times in addition to having 18 appearances in high leverage situations. The Dodgers have sent 80 relievers to the hill this year. The bullpen have accumulated 12 holds on the year (20th in the league). They have 6 saves on the year and have blown 1 of 7 save opportunities.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are sitting with 611 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 191 assists and 8 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .990 which ranks 3rd in professional baseball, and they have turned 18 double plays. The Dodgers have converted 74.6% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 1,833 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 1st in professional baseball.
Buehler (43-14 mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.20 while he has gone up against 2,405 hitters during his time in the majors. He has allowed 458 hits (6.8 hits per 9 innings) and has 152 walks. His earned run average is 2.87 (192 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.012. Buehler has thrown 603 frames and has 658 punch outs in his career.
Chicago is sitting with 19 home runs for the season to go along with 91 RBIs. They have 44 two-baggers, while taking a walk 86 times as well as notching 100 runs. The Chicago Cubs hold an OBP of .322 as well as a team batting average of .240 so far this year. The Cubs hold a team slugging % of .374 and they earn 4.17 runs per contest (15th in baseball). They have been called out on strikes on 214 instances (18th in MLB) and have a total of 188 hits.
The Cubs hold a team WHIP of 1.304 and have a FIP of 4.27 as a pitching staff on the year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.67 (203 strikeouts vs 76 bases on balls). They sit at 15th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 194. They have conceded 31 dingers and they give up 4.48 runs per 9 innings (22nd in MLB). The Chicago pitching staff have yielded 103 runs for the season while having an ERA of 4.17 (96 earned runs relinquished).
Chicago relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 25.0% out of their 40 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 25 times in high leverage situations and on 25 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 22 save situations, the Cubs have 9 holds and 3 blown saves. They rank 20th in baseball with a save percentage of 70.0%, and they have dispatched 81 relievers to the hill so far this season. Chicago has called on relievers to enter the contest in 10 save opportunities and they have recorded 7 saves.
The Chicago Cubs have gotten 28 double plays and have a fielding rate of .986 (13th in MLB). The Cubs have recorded 222 assists, 12 errors and are sitting with 621 putouts during this campaign. In 1,863 innings played, the Cubs have earned a defensive efficiency of 69.3% (22nd in pro baseball).
In his pro baseball career, Stroman has allowed 1,038 hits while he has totaled 875 punch outs in 1,054 frames. He has surrendered a total of 430 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.264 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.6. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.97 and he has gone up against 4,387 batters during his pro baseball career. Stroman (62-63 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a 3.67 earned run average while giving up 8.9 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+165)
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