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Baltimore Orioles vs Chicago Cubs 6/18/2023 Game Analysis, Picks and Previews

Baltimore Orioles vs Chicago Cubs 6/18/2023 Game Analysis, Picks and Previews

The Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago Cubs (32-27) will play each other in an MLB interleague game on Saturday afternoon at historic Wrigley Field. The Orioles (43-26), who have the second-best overall record in the American League, have won 21 of their first 34 road games. Austin Hays, an outfielder for Baltimore, got two hits and two RBIs on Friday in a humiliating 10-3 away defeat to Chicago.

Right-hander Kyle Gibson, 35, of the Orioles (8-3, 3.90 ERA), will start for this game. In his previous 31 innings of work, Gibson has given up nine runs, and Baltimore has won four of his last five starts.

The Orioles have 82 balls outside the stadium and 132 doubles as a club. Baltimore has a slugging percentage of.425 and has been struck out 570 times while being intentionally walked 228 times. The Baltimore Orioles are seventh in the league as a team with 5.0 runs scored per game. This season, they have collected 332 RBIs, 594 base hits, and a 0.254 team batting average. With a team on-base percentage of.322, they have scored a total of 342 runs.

Their pitching staff has had a K/BB ratio of 2.91 and a WHIP of 1.34. The Orioles pitchers have allowed 306 runs overall and 80 home runs, which ranks 14th in the league. Baltimore has given up 290 earned runs and 612 base hits (8.9 per nine innings). The Orioles’ staff has struck out 629 hitters this season, ranking them 16th in MLB with a team earned run average of 4.21. Their team’s FIP for the season is 4.07, and their pitching staff has walked 216 opposing batters.

This season, the Orioles have sent 244 relievers to the mound. 140 runners were inherited by bullpen pitchers this season, and 34.3% of those runners scored a run for their side. They have accrued 22 saves this campaign, but just 15 of their 37 chances to do so have been successful. The Orioles bullpen has pitched in 97 save opportunities and has a save percentage of 59.5%. The bullpen has accumulated 58 holds this season, ranking first in MLB. Pitchers in the Orioles bullpen have entered games 95 times with runners on base and have also played in 94 high-stakes situations.

Baltimore Orioles vs Chicago Cubs 6/18/2023 Game Analysis, Picks and Previews

The Chicago Cubs are on a four-game winning run and are behind the NL Central Division leaders by three games. Chicago OF Christopher Morel maintained his blistering offensive pace during yesterday’s home triumph with a two-run double and his 12th home run. The Cubs (32-37) won because of SP Kyle Hendricks’ (2-2) five-inning, two-run performance, which improved their home record to 19-16.

The Cubs will start left-hander Justin Steele, who is 27 years old (6-2, 2.65 ERA), who will be activated off the disabled list. Through 68 innings, Steele, who missed time due to a forearm ailment, has 58 strikeouts and a brilliant 1.06 WHIP.

The Cubs rank 12th in the league with 4.52 runs scored per game and a team slugging percentage of 0.399 overall. They have scored 312 runs, 264 free bases, 99 doubles, and 264 stolen bases. Chicago has hit 301 runs with 77 home homers thus far this season. They have recorded 581 base hits while striking out 636 times, ranking seventh in the league. The Chicago Cubs have a season batting average of.250 and an on-base percentage (OBP) of.331.

The pitching staff in Chicago has allowed 301 runs overall with a club ERA of 4.12 (278 earned runs allowed). They have allowed 70 long balls and 4.46 runs per nine innings, which ranks them 13th in MLB. The Cubs currently have a team WHIP of 1.272 and a FIP of 4.08 for the current year. With 570 strikeouts and 217 walks, they have a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8.50. With 555 total hits allowed, their pitching staff is eighth in the league.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago Cubs. The MLB pick for this game is the Baltimore Orioles. 1B Orioles Due to an episode of vertigo, Ryan Mountcastle has been put on the 10-day injured list. Baltimore is seventh in runs scored and tenth in OPS through 69 games. Chicago is ranked 18th in runs scored and 15th in OPS for the season. Pick the Orioles to triumph away from home. Baltimore Orioles are predicted to win 5-3 in the final score.

MLB Starting Time: 1:05 PM ET

Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL

Date: Sunday, June 19, 2023


MLB Odds: Baltimore Orioles -120

MLB Totals: 8.5


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