Thursday, September 17, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: John Lackey (11-9) vs. Jimmy Nelson (11-12)
The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday at Miller Park. The Cardinals send John Lackey to the mound to face Jimmy Nelson of the Brewers. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -145 and Milwaukee at +135. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Cardinals, with a 73-71 run line record, cover the spread 51% of the time. They also have a 57-77 over/under record. The Brewers are 67-77 against the run line and have a 74-61 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Cardinals show up with a 90-54 record, including 40-30 on the road. Starting pitcher John Lackey holds a 11-9 record with an earned run average of 2.89 and a WHIP of 1.23. He's pitched 193 innings thus far while surrendering 188 hits over that time and when he starts, the Cardinals are 15-14. The Cardinals are also 13-15 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 3.9 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.55 and they've given up 386 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .237 against the bullpen while being struck out 398 times and walking 157 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.33 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.09 batters per nine. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.85.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .254, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .248 average away from home. Ranked at 12th in the league in on-base percentage, the Cardinals sit at .322 and they hold a .390 team slugging percentage. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.62 hits per game and Jason Heyward leads the team with 143.
Milwaukee is 33-40 at home while holding a 62-82 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 3.95, Jimmy Nelson will come into this game holding a 11-12 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He's pitched 175.1 innings thus far while surrendering 158 hits over that time in which the Brewers are 14-15. The Brewers are also 16-12 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.2 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.56 and they have given up 408 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .235 against the Brewers bullpen while being struck out 463 times and walking 155 times this season. As a team, Milwaukee has allowed 8.96 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.82 batters per nine. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.28.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .252 average at home. Ranked at 21st in the league in on-base percentage, the Brewers sit at .310 and they hold a .400 team slugging percentage. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.63 hits per game and Ryan Braun leads the team with 143.
The Cardinals have committed 88 errors and have combined for 1,436 assists and 3,926 put outs leading to a .984 team fielding percentage. For the home team, they hold a .981 team fielding percentage while committing 102 errors, accumulating 1,489 assists and compiling 3,834 put outs.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 57-77 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 73-71 against the run line so far this season
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Brewers are 74-61 against the over/under so far this season
The Milwaukee Brewers are 67-77 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
09/12/15 C Cody Stanley Suspension expected to miss 80 games
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
09/10/15 C Jonathan Lucroy Concussion out indefinitely
08/14/15 P Michael Blazek Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/13)
Tony's Pick: Take the Brewers
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