Friday, August 5, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Julio Teheran vs. Jaime Garcia
The Atlanta Braves head to Busch Stadium on Friday to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable pitchers are Julio Teheran for the Braves and Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. The Braves have a 48-52-7 over/under mark and a 49-58-0 run line record, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Cardinals are 53-54-0 against the run line and have a 57-44-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Braves head into this game with a 38-69 record, and they are 21-30 on the road. Starting pitcher Julio Teheran has a 3-9 record with an ERA of 2.81 and a WHIP of 0.97. He has 119 strikeouts during his 134.2 innings pitched and he has given up 101 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 6.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.69. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.06 and they have allowed 346 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the pen while they've been struck out 361 times and walked 175 times this year. As a unit, Atlanta has given up 8.64 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 hitters per nine. They are 24th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.39. The Braves pitchers have collectively given up 927 base hits and 471 earned runs. They have allowed 118 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Atlanta as a pitching staff has walked 371 batters and struck out 816. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.33.
As a team, Atlanta is hitting .244, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .238 average on the road. The Braves have a .359 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .308 which is good for 25th in the league. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.33 hits per contest. Freddie Freeman comes into this game hitting .280 and his on-base percentage is at .365. He has 113 hits this season along with 54 runs scored and 43 runs batted in. He's struck out 120 times and has walked 47 times. Nick Markakis is hitting .268 and he has an on-base percentage of .346. He has totaled 107 hits so far while scoring 42 runs and he's driven in 55. He has walked 49 times and has struck out 67 times. The Braves have 891 hits, including 185 doubles and 66 home runs. They've stolen 53 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 24 times. Atlanta has walked 307 times this season and they've struck out 814 times as a unit. They've left 768 men on base and have a team OPS of .667. They score 3.47 runs per contest and have scored a total of 371 runs so far this year.
St. Louis comes into this game with a 25-30 home mark and a 57-50 overall record. With an ERA of 4.30, Jaime Garcia has a 7-8 record and a 1.38 WHIP. He has 99 strikeouts over the 121.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 126 hits. He has allowed 9.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.93. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.43 and they have given up 257 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 311 times and walking 119 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.59 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.71 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.93. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 917 base knocks and 419 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 97 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 298 hitters and struck out 823. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 3.78.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .252 average at home. The Cardinals hold a .447 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329 which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.88 hits per contest. Aledmys Diaz comes into this matchup batting .312 and he has an OBP of .376. He has 110 hits this year along with 64 runs scored and 57 RBI. He's struck out 54 times and has walked on 34 occasions. Matt Carpenter is hitting .298 and he has an OBP of .420. He has collected 85 hits so far while he's scored 56 runs and drove in 53. He has earned a walk 58 times and has punched out 61 times. The Cardinals as a unit have 951 base hits, including 207 doubles and 148 homers. They have 26 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. St. Louis as a team has walked 364 times this year and they have struck out 847 times. They've had 753 men left on base and have an OPS of .776. They score 5.07 runs per game and have totaled 543 runs so far this season.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 48-52-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 49-58-0 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 57-44-6 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 53-54-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/02/16 P Julio Teheran Back 15-day DL (7/31)
08/01/16 P Matt Marksberry Shoulder 15-day DL (7/31)
07/16/16 P Arodys Vizcaino Oblique 15-day DL (7/15)
07/12/16 C Tyler Flowers Hand 15-day DL (7/10)
06/28/16 P John Gant Oblique 15-day DL (6/27)
06/20/16 LF Mallex Smith Thumb 15-day DL (6/20)
06/08/16 P Williams Perez Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (6/7)
04/12/16 P Daniel Winkler Elbow 60-day DL (4/11)
04/04/16 P Andrew McKirahan Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Paco Rodriguez Elbow out for season
04/04/16 P Shae Simmons Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
St. Louis Cardinals
08/03/16 P Tyler Lyons Knee 15-day DL (7/31)
08/02/16 SS Aledmys Diaz Thumb 15-day DL (8/1)
07/27/16 P Trevor Rosenthal Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (7/26)
07/07/16 C Brayan Pena Knee 15-day DL (7/7)
07/07/16 3B Matt Carpenter Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
05/26/16 P Mitch Harris Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jordan Walden Abdominal 60-day DL (3/31)
04/04/16 P Lance Lynn Elbow 60-day DL (3/25); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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