Friday, July 10, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Lance Lynn (6-4) vs. Gerrit Cole (12-3)
The St. Louis Cardinals visit PNC Park on Friday to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lance Lynn is the probable starter for the Cardinals and he'll face Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at +131 and Pittsburgh at -141. The over/under was set at 6.5. The Cardinals have a 32-50 over/under record and a 46-39 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Pirates have a 34-41 over/under record and a 37-47 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 44% of the time.
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The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 55-30 record, including 24-19 on the road. Lance Lynn has an earned run average of 2.53 and is 6-4 so far on the season while having a 1.23 WHIP. He's pitched 92.1 innings thus far while surrendering 83 hits over that time and when he starts, the Cardinals are 9-6. Against the over/under, the Cardinals are 3-12 in his starts. He is getting 2.9 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.30 and they have given up 217 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the bullpen while being struck out 225 times and walking 82 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.14 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.04 batters per nine. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.65.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .259, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .253 average away from home. The Cardinals hold a .391 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.75 hits per game and Jhonny Peralta leads the team with 92.
With a 29-15 home record, Pittsburgh will hope to improve on their 50-34 overall mark. Gerrit Cole is starting this game 12-3 for the season with an earned run average of 2.28 and a WHIP of 1.11. He's pitched 110.1 innings thus far while surrendering 97 hits over that time in which the Pirates are 13-4. Against the over/under, the Pirates are 6-9 when he starts. He is getting 3.9 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.47 and they have given up 226 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 225 times and walking 72 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.19 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.86.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .255 average at Safeco Field. The Pirates hold a .380 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.83 hits per game and Andrew McCutchen leads the team with 89.
St. Louis has a team fielding percentage of .985 after having committed 49 errors with 832 assists and 2,303 put outs for the season. For the home team, they hold a .983 team fielding percentage while committing 58 errors, accumulating 1006 assists and compiling 2,321 put outs.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 32-50 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 46-39 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 34-41 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 37-47 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
07/09/15 2B Kolten Wong Concussion is not expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
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
07/09/15 LF Starling Marte Oblique is downgraded to doubtful Thursday vs. St. Louis Cardinals
07/06/15 3B Josh Harrison Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/6)
06/24/15 RF Corey Hart Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/22)
06/04/15 LF Jaff Decker Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/30)
05/07/15 LF Andrew Lambo Plantar Fasciitis Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/4)
04/06/15 P Brandon Cumpton Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/06/15 SS Justin Sellers Heel Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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