Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Martinez (7-2) vs. Tommy Milone (2-1)
The St. Louis Cardinals head to Target Field on Wednesday to take on the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Carlos Martinez for the Cardinals and Tommy Milone for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -136 and Minnesota at +126. The over/under was set at 8. The Cardinals have a 22-39 over/under record and a 36-27 run line mark, meaning they cover 57% of the time. The Twins are 38-25 against the run line and have a 32-30 over/under record. They cover the spread 60% of the time.
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The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 42-21 record, including 17-14 on the road. Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez holds a 7-2 record with an earned run average of 2.93 and a WHIP of 1.26. He's pitched 73.2 innings thus far while surrendering 61 hits over that time and when he starts, the Cardinals are 10-2. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 5-6. The team is averaging 5 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.92 and they have given up 157 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the bullpen while being struck out 172 times and walking 59 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.15 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.15 batters per nine. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.64.
St. Louis is batting .263 as a team, which is good for 7th in the league and hitting .247 away from home. The Cardinals hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 8.92 hits per game and Jhonny Peralta leads the team with 73.
With a 20-12 home record, Minnesota will hope to improve on their 34-29 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.15, Tommy Milone will come into this game holding a 2-1 record and a 1.36 WHIP. He's pitched 34.2 innings thus far while surrendering 34 hits over that time in which the Twins are 3-3. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 4-2. The team is averaging 5.5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.75 and they have given up 190 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 126 times and walking 59 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 9.54 hits per nine innings while striking out 5.89 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 3.94.
They are batting .248 as a team, which is good for 18th in the league and hitting .275 at home. The Twins hold a .381 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .300 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.29 hits per game and Brian Dozier leads the team with 63.
St. Louis has a team fielding percentage of .984 after having committed 37 errors with 620 assists and 1,707 put outs for the season. For the home team, they hold a .984 team fielding percentage while committing 39 errors, accumulating 668 assists and compiling 1,678 put outs.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 22-39 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 36-27 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 32-30 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 38-25 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
06/12/15 P Lance Lynn Forearm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/8)
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 15 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
04/04/15 LF Tommy Pham Quad Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
06/14/15 CF Aaron Hicks Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/13)
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
04/04/15 P Ervin Santana Suspension expected to miss 80 games
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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