Monday, September 28, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Lance Lynn (12-10) vs. J.A. Happ (6-2)
The St. Louis Cardinals visit PNC Park on Monday to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lance Lynn is the probable starter for the Cardinals and he'll face J.A. Happ of the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at +110 and Pittsburgh at -120. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Cardinals, with a 79-76 run line record, cover the spread 51% of the time. They also have a 63-81 over/under record. The Pirates are 70-85 against the run line and have a 72-71 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
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The Cardinals come into this game with a 98-57 record, and they are 43-32 away from home. Lance Lynn has an earned run average of 3.16 and is 12-10 so far on the season while having a 1.36 WHIP. He's pitched 165.1 innings thus far while surrendering 161 hits over that time and when he starts, the Cardinals are 16-13. Against the over/under, the Cardinals are 9-19 in his starts. The team is averaging 3.2 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.77 and they have given up 423 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .238 against the Cardinals bullpen while walking 172 times and striking out 442 times. St. Louis is averaging 8.14 strikeouts per game while getting 8.34 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 1st in baseball in team earned run average at 2.87.
St. Louis is batting .255 as a team, which is good for 12th in the league and hitting .247 away from home. The Cardinals hold a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 12th in baseball. Jhonny Peralta leads the team in hits with 155 while the team ranks 14th in baseball with 8.63 hits per game.
With a 95-60 overall record, Pittsburgh will come into this game 50-25 at home. J.A. Happ is starting this game 6-2 for the season with an earned run average of 2.28 and a WHIP of 1.13. He's pitched 51.1 innings thus far while surrendering 48 hits over that time in which the Pirates are 7-2. Against the over/under, the Pirates are 2-7 when he starts. The team is averaging 4.1 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.61 and they have given up 428 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .230 against the Pirates bullpen while walking 151 times and striking out 437 times. Pittsburgh is averaging 8.09 strikeouts per game while getting 8.43 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.21.
They are batting .262 as a team, which is good for 8th in the league and hitting .261 at home. The Pirates hold a .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 8th in baseball. Starling Marte leads the team in hits with 160 while the team ranks 6th in baseball with 9.14 hits a game.
St. Louis has a team fielding percentage of .984 after having committed 91 errors with 1,548 assists and 4,217 put outs for the season. The Pirates have committed 117 errors on the season with 1,790 assists and 4,274 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .981 on the year.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 63-81 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 79-76 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 72-71 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 70-85 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
09/27/15 3B Matt Carpenter Hip is upgraded to expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. Milwaukee Brewers
09/26/15 P Carlos Martinez Shoulder out for season
09/21/15 C Yadier Molina Thumb expected to miss 7 to 10 days
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
09/17/15 SS Jung Ho Kang Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/21); out for season
09/02/15 P Casey Sadler Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/1)
08/08/15 P Deolis Guerra Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (8/7)
07/19/15 CF Gorkys Hernandez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/13)
06/24/15 RF Corey Hart Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/22)
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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