Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Robbie Ray vs. Mike Leake
The Arizona Diamondbacks visit Busch Stadium on Saturday to play the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable starters are Robbie Ray for the Diamondbacks and Mike Leake for the Cardinals. The opening line for this matchup has Arizona at +135 and St. Louis at -145. The over/under was set at 8. The Diamondbacks have a 19-21-3 over/under record and a 20-23-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Cardinals are 21-20-0 against the run line and have a 24-15-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
The Diamondbacks head into this matchup with a 19-24 record, including 12-7 on the road. Starting pitcher Robbie Ray has a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 4.46 and a WHIP of 1.63. He has 47 strikeouts over his 42.1 innings pitched and he has given up 49 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.97. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.82 and they have given up 140 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the bullpen while being struck out 132 times and walking 61 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 9.14 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.61 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.46. The Diamondbacks pitchers have collectively given up 400 base hits and 195 earned runs. They have allowed 45 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a pitching staff has walked 152 batters and struck out 333. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.18.
As a team, Arizona is batting .266, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .267 average away from home. The Diamondbacks hold a .446 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.37 hits per game. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this game hitting .228 and his on-base percentage is at .395. He has 33 hits this season along with 23 runs scored and 23 runs batted in. He's struck out 47 times and has walked 40 times. Jean Segura is hitting .335 and he has an on-base percentage of .361. He has totaled 59 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 22. He has walked 4 times and has struck out 26 times. The Diamondbacks have 403 hits, including 85 doubles and 50 home runs. They've stolen 29 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 9 times. Arizona has walked 124 times this season and they've struck out 355 times as a unit. They've left 302 men on base and have a team OPS of .771. They score 4.51 runs per contest and have scored a total of 194 runs so far this year.
St. Louis comes into this matchup with a 11-11 home record and a 22-19 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.66, Mike Leake has a 2-3 record and a 1.24 WHIP. He has 30 strikeouts over the 48.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 48 hits. He has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.67. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.11 and they have given up 95 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 135 times and walking 44 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.15 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.81. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 329 base knocks and 154 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 38 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a staff has walked 121 hitters and struck out 323. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 3.76.
As a team, they are batting .271, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .266 average at home. The Cardinals hold a .465 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .343 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.39 hits per contest. Matt Carpenter comes into this matchup batting .259 and he has an OBP of .387. He has 38 hits this year along with 28 runs scored and 32 RBI. He's struck out 35 times and has walked on 29 occasions. Yadier Molina is hitting .315 and he has an OBP of .395. He has collected 45 hits so far while he's scored 15 runs and drove in 16. He has earned a walk 18 times and has punched out 15 times. The Cardinals as a unit have 385 base hits, including 85 doubles and 55 homers. They have 14 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 6 times. St. Louis as a team has walked 144 times this year and they have struck out 320 times. They've had 299 men left on base and have an OPS of .808. They score 5.56 runs per game and have totaled 228 runs so far this season.
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 19-21-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 20-23-0 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 24-15-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 21-20-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/15/16 RF David Peralta Wrist 15-day DL (5/9)
04/04/16 P Josh Collmenter Shoulder 15-day DL (3/28)
04/02/16 CF A.J. Pollock Elbow 60-day DL (4/2), out for season
St. Louis Cardinals
05/20/16 CF Randal Grichuk Back injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
05/15/16 P Seth Maness Elbow 15-day DL (5/13)
04/04/16 C Brayan Pena Knee 15-day DL (4/1)
04/04/16 SS Jhonny Peralta Thumb 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jordan Walden Abdominal 15-day DL (3/31)
04/04/16 P Lance Lynn Elbow 60-day DL; out for season
04/04/16 P Mitch Harris Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 CF Thomas Pham Oblique 15-day DL (4/4)
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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