Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Tyler Lyons (2-0) vs. Jake Arrieta (8-5)
The Chicago Cubs welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Tyler Lyons is the probable starter for the Cardinals and he'll face Jake Arrieta of the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -105 and Chicago at -105. The Cardinals have a 29-49 over/under record and a 44-37 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Cubs are 36-44 against the run line and have a 31-43 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 53-28 record, including 22-17 on the road. Tyler Lyons has a 2-0 record on the season, an earned run average of 5.09 and a 1.52 WHIP. The Cardinals are 3-2 over his 23 innings pitched and he's also given up 28 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Cardinals are 2-3 in his starts. He is getting 5.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.16 and they've given up 207 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 214 and walked 76 batters this season while opposing teams hit .235 against them. St. Louis has a team average of 8.11 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.08 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 2.59, they are 1st in the league.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .260, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .254 average away from home. Ranked at 5th in the league in on-base percentage, the Cardinals sit at .325 and they hold a .395 team slugging percentage. With 90 hits, Jhonny Peralta leads the team while his team ranks 10th in hits per game with 8.79.
With a 22-16 home record, Chicago will hope to improve on their 44-36 overall mark. Jake Arrieta has a record of 8-5 while sporting an earned run average of 2.80 on the year with a 1.03 WHIP. The Cubs have a record of 9-7 over the 106 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 86 hits. Against the over/under, the Cubs are 4-8 when he starts. He is getting 4.1 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.88 and they have given up 203 hits on the season. The Cubs bullpen has struck out 238 batters and walked 98 this season while opposing teams have hit .219 against them. Chicago has a team average of 7.96 hits per game and are averaging 8.63 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.32, they are 4th in the league.
As a team, they are batting .240, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .229 average at Safeco Field. Ranked at 15th in the league in on-base percentage, the Cubs sit at .316 and they hold a .379 team slugging percentage. With 85 hits, Anthony Rizzo leads the team while his team ranks 25th in hits per game with 8.18.
The Cardinals have committed 47 errors and have combined for 796 assists and 2,201 put outs leading to a .985 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Cubs have accumlated 58 errors while having 814 assists and 2,174 put outs leading to a .981 fielding percentage.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 29-49 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 44-37 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 31-43 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 36-44 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
07/06/15 P Jaime Garcia Groin Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/1)
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 15 day disabled list (6/26)
06/09/15 LF Matt Holliday Quad Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (06/10)
05/27/15 1B Matt Adams Quad Injury is on the 15 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 15 day disabled list (4/25); out for season
07/06/15 C David Ross Concussion 7-day DL (7/2)
06/29/15 P Tsuyoshi Wada Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/23)
04/17/15 3B Mike Olt Wrist Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/15)
04/15/15 2B Tommy La Stella Ribs Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/9)
04/06/15 P Jacob Turner Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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