Friday, August 14, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Tom Koehler (8-9) vs. Jaime Garcia (4-4)
The St. Louis Cardinals host the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium on Friday. The probable starters are Tom Koehler for the Marlins and Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. The opening line for this matchup has Miami at +185 and St. Louis at -200. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Marlins have a 54-55 over/under record and a 53-61 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Cardinals have a 40-68 over/under record and a 58-55 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 51% of the time.
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The Marlins come into this game with a 46-68 record, and they are 18-38 away from home. Tom Koehler has a 8-9 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.75 and a 1.25 WHIP. In his starts, the Marlins are 10-11 over his 127.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 114 hits during those innings. The Marlins are also 9-10 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 3.7 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 325 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.56. Opposing teams are hitting .240 against the Marlins bullpen while walking 127 times and striking out 358 times. Miami is averaging 7.27 strikeouts per game while getting 8.57 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 17th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.91.
Miami ranks 13th in the league in team batting average at .254 while hitting .251 on the road. The Marlins on-base percentage sits at .307, which puts them at 22nd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .374. Dee Gordon leads the team in hits with 139 while the team ranks 15th in baseball with 8.56 hits per game.
With a 73-40 overall record, St. Louis will come into this game 42-16 at home. Jaime Garcia has a record of 4-4 while sporting an earned run average of 1.77 on the year with a 0.91 WHIP. In his starts, the Cardinals are 5-5 and he has allowed 43 hits over 66 innings pitched this season. The Cardinals are also 2-8 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 2.3 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 297 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.26. Opposing teams are hitting .230 against the Cardinals bullpen while walking 121 times and striking out 305 times. St. Louis is averaging 8.06 strikeouts per game while getting 7.99 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.60.
They rank 11th in the league in team batting average with a .254 average while hitting .263 at home. The Cardinals on-base percentage sits at .320, which puts them at 8th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .388. Jhonny Peralta leads the team in hits with 117 while the team ranks 12th in baseball with 8.66 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Marlins have a fielding percentage of .987 with 55 total errors, 1,116 assists and 3,007 put outs. The Cardinals have committed 62 errors on the season with 1130 assists and 3,103 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .986 on the year.
Miami Marlins Betting Trends
The Miami Marlins are 54-55 against the over/under so far this season
The Miami Marlins are 53-61 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 40-68 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 58-55 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/12/15 LF Christian Yelich Knee "?" Friday vs St Louis Cardinals
08/12/15 CF Marcell Ozuna Wrist out indefinitely
08/10/15 P Jose Fernandez Bicep Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/8)
08/08/15 P Andre Rienzo Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/4)
08/08/15 P Jose Urena Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/7)
08/04/15 P Carter Capps Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/3)
07/10/15 2B Jeff Baker Side Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/8)
07/01/15 RF Giancarlo Stanton Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/21)
06/04/15 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/22); out for season
04/14/15 3B Don Kelly Finger Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/13)
04/08/15 P Aaron Crow Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/29); out for season
St. Louis Cardinals
07/30/15 LF Matt Holliday Quad Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29)
07/03/15 CF Jon Jay Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/1)
07/01/15 P Matt Belisle Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/26)
05/27/15 1B Matt Adams Quad Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (05/26), out for regular season
05/03/15 P Jordan Walden Bicep Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/30)
04/28/15 P Adam Wainwright Achilles Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/25); out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Marlins
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