Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Tyler Lyons (2-1) vs. Gerrit Cole (18-8)
The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park. The probable starters are Tyler Lyons for the Cardinals and Gerrit Cole for the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -102 and Pittsburgh at -108. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Cardinals have a 64-82 over/under record and a 80-77 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Pirates have a 72-73 over/under record and a 70-87 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 45% of the time.
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The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 99-58 record, including 44-32 on the road. Tyler Lyons has a 2-1 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.96 and a 1.34 WHIP. He's pitched 50 innings thus far while surrendering 52 hits over that time and when he starts, the Cardinals are 3-4. Against the over/under, the Cardinals are 3-3 in his starts. He is getting 5 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.75 and they have given up 425 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .238 against the Cardinals bullpen while walking 178 times and striking out 444 times. St. Louis is averaging 8.14 strikeouts per game while getting 8.33 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 1st in baseball in team earned run average at 2.89.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .254, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .246 average away from home. The Cardinals hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 11th in baseball. Jhonny Peralta leads the team in hits with 155 while the team ranks 14th in baseball with 8.62 hits per game.
With a 50-26 home record, Pittsburgh will hope to improve on their 95-62 overall mark. Gerrit Cole has a record of 18-8 while sporting an earned run average of 2.60 on the year with a 1.09 WHIP. He's pitched 201 innings thus far while surrendering 176 hits over that time in which the Pirates are 22-9. Against the over/under, the Pirates are 11-18 when he starts. He is getting 3.7 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.68 and they have given up 435 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .231 against the Pirates bullpen while walking 153 times and striking out 443 times. Pittsburgh is averaging 8.08 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 3.22.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .260 average at home. The Pirates hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 9th in baseball. Starling Marte leads the team in hits with 160 while the team ranks 8th in baseball with 9.06 hits a game.
St. Louis has a team fielding percentage of .984 after having committed 93 errors with 1,564 assists and 4,271 put outs for the season. The Pirates have committed 118 errors on the season with 1,807 assists and 4,325 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .981 on the year.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 64-82 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 80-77 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 72-73 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 70-87 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
09/28/15 LF Stephen Piscotty Head is not expected to be in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
09/26/15 P Carlos Martinez Shoulder out for season
09/21/15 C Yadier Molina Thumb out for regular season
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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