Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jason Hammel vs. Jaime Garcia
The Chicago Cubs head to Busch Stadium on Tuesday to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable pitchers are Jason Hammel for the Cubs and Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. The opening line for this game has Chicago at -125 and St. Louis at +115. The over/under is 8.5. The Cubs have a 65-70-7 over/under mark and a 75-67-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Cardinals are 66-76-0 against the run line and have a 76-60-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Cubs head into this game with a 91-51 record, and they are 40-31 on the road. Starting pitcher Jason Hammel has a 14-8 record with an ERA of 3.50 and a WHIP of 1.19. He has 127 strikeouts during his 151.2 innings pitched and he has given up 132 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.37. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.40 and they have allowed 326 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .209 against the pen while they've been struck out 452 times and walked 174 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 6.89 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.81 hitters per nine. They are 1st in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.07. The Cubs pitchers have collectively given up 986 base hits and 442 earned runs. They have allowed 144 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 441 batters and struck out 1,258. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.11 and their FIP as a unit is 3.80.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .254, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .259 average on the road. The Cubs have a .426 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .341 which is good for 2nd in the league. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.65 hits per contest. Anthony Rizzo comes into this game hitting .292 and his on-base percentage is at .388. He has 151 hits this season along with 86 runs scored and 97 runs batted in. He's struck out 94 times and has walked 68 times. Kris Bryant is hitting .299 and he has an on-base percentage of .394. He has totaled 160 hits so far while scoring 113 runs and he's driven in 94. He has walked 69 times and has struck out 135 times. The Cubs have 1,229 hits, including 258 doubles and 174 home runs. They've stolen 57 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 31 times. Chicago has walked 573 times this season and they've struck out 1,186 times as a unit. They've left 1,060 men on base and have a team OPS of .767. They score 4.99 runs per contest and have scored a total of 709 runs so far this year.
St. Louis comes into this game with a 32-39 home mark and a 75-67 overall record. With an ERA of 4.58, Jaime Garcia has a 10-12 record and a 1.37 WHIP. He has 139 strikeouts over the 163 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 170 hits. He has allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.29. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.62 and they have given up 372 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 432 times and walking 165 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.78 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.97 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 4.04. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,242 base knocks and 571 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 135 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a staff has walked 414 hitters and struck out 1,127. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 3.84.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .254 average at home. The Cardinals hold a .447 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.82 hits per contest. Stephen Piscotty comes into this matchup batting .279 and he has an OBP of .349. He has 143 hits this year along with 79 runs scored and 81 RBI. He's struck out 115 times and has walked on 46 occasions. Aledmys Diaz is hitting .312 and he has an OBP of .376. He has collected 110 hits so far while he's scored 64 runs and drove in 57. He has earned a walk 34 times and has punched out 54 times. The Cardinals as a unit have 1,254 base hits, including 267 doubles and 204 homers. They have 32 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 23 times. St. Louis as a team has walked 471 times this year and they have struck out 1,152 times. They've had 993 men left on base and have an OPS of .774. They score 4.91 runs per game and have totaled 697 runs so far this season.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 65-70-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 75-67-0 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 76-60-6 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 66-76-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/12/16 P Pedro Strop Knee 15-day DL (8/11)
04/08/16 C Kyle Schwarber Knee 60-day DL (4/8); out for season
04/04/16 P Aaron Brooks Hip 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 3B Christian Villanueva Fibula 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Dallas Beeler Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Zac Rosscup Shoulder 60-day DL (2/25)
St. Louis Cardinals
09/05/16 P Seth Maness Elbow 60-day DL (8/14)
08/12/16 LF Matt Holliday Thumb 15-day DL (8/12)
08/10/16 P Michael Wacha Shoulder 15-day DL (8/9)
08/03/16 P Tyler Lyons Knee 60-day DL (7/31), out for season
07/27/16 P Trevor Rosenthal Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (7/26)
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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