Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Doug Fister vs. Jaime Garcia
The Houston Astros visit Busch Stadium on Tuesday to play the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable starters are Doug Fister for the Astros and Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at +140 and St. Louis at -150. The over/under was set at 8. The Astros have a 31-29-5 over/under record and a 28-37-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 43% of the time. The Cardinals are 35-28-0 against the run line and have a 39-22-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
The Astros head into this matchup with a 30-35 record, including 13-21 on the road. Starting pitcher Doug Fister has a 6-3 record with an earned run average of 3.34 and a WHIP of 1.27. He has 44 strikeouts over his 72.2 innings pitched and he has given up 67 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.67. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.19 and they have given up 188 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the bullpen while being struck out 244 times and walking 52 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 9.07 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.46 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.17. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 598 base hits and 275 earned runs. They have allowed 70 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 178 batters and struck out 558. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 3.74.
As a team, Houston is batting .236, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .239 average away from home. The Astros hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.06 hits per game. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .344 and his on-base percentage is at .419. He has 88 hits this season along with 46 runs scored and 38 runs batted in. He's struck out 27 times and has walked 31 times. Carlos Correa is hitting .256 and he has an on-base percentage of .351. He has totaled 60 hits so far while scoring 28 runs and he's driven in 32. He has walked 31 times and has struck out 68 times. The Astros have 524 hits, including 113 doubles and 79 home runs. They've stolen 55 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Houston has walked 250 times this season and they've struck out 634 times as a unit. They've left 456 men on base and have a team OPS of .718. They score 4.18 runs per contest and have scored a total of 272 runs so far this year.
St. Louis comes into this matchup with a 15-16 home record and a 35-28 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.89, Jaime Garcia has a 4-5 record and a 1.34 WHIP. He has 61 strikeouts over the 69.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 68 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.46. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.68 and they have given up 152 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 192 times and walking 66 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.38 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.11. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 522 base knocks and 256 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 60 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 178 hitters and struck out 486. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 3.83.
As a team, they are batting .268, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .263 average at home. The Cardinals hold a .457 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.33 hits per contest. Matt Carpenter comes into this matchup batting .285 and he has an OBP of .399. He has 61 hits this year along with 44 runs scored and 42 RBI. He's struck out 47 times and has walked on 39 occasions. Yadier Molina is hitting .273 and he has an OBP of .350. He has collected 59 hits so far while he's scored 23 runs and drove in 23. He has earned a walk 24 times and has punched out 27 times. The Cardinals as a unit have 589 base hits, including 124 doubles and 85 homers. They have 16 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 11 times. St. Louis as a team has walked 217 times this year and they have struck out 494 times. They've had 448 men left on base and have an OPS of .798. They score 5.56 runs per game and have totaled 350 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 31-29-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 28-37-0 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 39-22-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 35-28-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/13/16 SS Carlos Correa Ankle "?" Tuesday vs. St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
05/26/16 P Mitch Harris Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
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 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 CF Thomas Pham Oblique 15-day DL (4/4)
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros
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